Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed by PAUL STEBBINGS
Music composed by PAUL FLUSH
Produced by GRANTLY MARSHALL
Duration: 90 min.
Q&A: can be arranged
Study material: free of charge
This is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. The story follows the fortunes of a quartet of lover’s who are lured into the forest by fairies who trick them with a magic potion that forces them to fall in love with the first person they see. Sadly the Queen of Fairies herself takes the potion and when a donkey crosses her path she falls in love with the beast. This hilarious comedy explores the madness of love and laughs at human folly. It contains some of the finest poetry that Shakespeare wrote, slapstick comedy, touching love scenes, mystery and theatrical magic.
TNT’s production has been an extraordinary global success, performing hundreds of times across three continents and even being re- staged in Mandarin. This is Shakespeare that is easy to understand and enjoy, even for an audience whose first language is not English. Specially composed music is woven into the production as is choreography, poetry and above all comedy, led by one of the Bard’s greatest clowns: Bottom the hopeless amateur actor.
In a MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Shakespeare explores the idea that love is random, that we are in love with ourselves rather than the person we supposedly adore, that the eyes deceive us as to a person’s true worth and the consequences are sometimes tragic but often comic. The production is directed by Paul Stebbings and presented by TNT theatre Britain. Their cycle of Shakespearian classics include HAMLET, MACBETH, ROMEO & JULIET and the TAMING OF THE SHREW – productions that have received popular and critical acclaim in over thirty countries worldwide performing in theatres and palaces from Tokyo to Berlin and Windsor Castle to Prague Castle.
The ensemble proves impressively that this play can be more than just a comedy. With original costumes, song and dance, a constant sprinkling of comical interludes, the carefully chosen use of music and a simple backdrop, fitting for an open-air stage, the troupe and director Paul Stebbings offered the audience in the Meierhof the choicest of original language Shakespeares.
— Badische Zeitung
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