Peter Evans’ hugely popular 2013 production was so successful that we’re unleashing it on the mainstage with an all new cast. The Dream reawakens Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a breathless 90-minute production that amplifies the magic, mirth and mayhem.
Love is in the air in Athens – and it’s contagious. Besides the royal wedding, which is just days away, there are young lovers dreaming of contented futures together. Hermia and Lysander are besotted with one another, while Helena adores Demetrius. The only snag is that Demetrius loves Hermia – and he’s got Hermia’s father on his side. So nobody is happy.
Determined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in a moonlit forest, with plans to elope. Following hot on their heels is Demetrius, who in turn is pursued by a lovelorn Helena. But the young lovers are not alone in the forest. Nick Bottom and his hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play to be performed at the royal wedding. And, hidden from human eyes, a mischievous sprinkling of fairies are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy.
Shakespeare wasn’t kidding when he said the course of true love never ran smooth.
RECOMMENDED FOR Years 7–12
HOW LONG? 90 minutes (no interval)
English: Language, Literature, Literacy; The Arts: Drama, Theatre Studies, Entertainment Industry
By William Shakespeare
Director Peter Evans
Designer Teresa Negroponte
Lighting Designer Teegan Lee
Sound Designer Caitlin Porter
Movement Director Nigel Poulton
Dramaturg James Evans
Ray Chong Nee
SEASON 28 August – 4 October 2014
CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
Dedicated schools matinees: Thursday 4 September 11am*, Thursday 11 September 11am*
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
Matinees: Wednesday 24 September 1pm, Wednesday 1 October 1pm
*Followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the actors.
All shows $30 per student
Teachers at student prices
One complimentary teacher ticket per 20 student tickets
Ticket prices to Henry V regional performances are at the discretion of the presenting venue. Please contact them directly for information.
THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE
We allocate seating in order of receipt of booking form so if you want to reserve the best seating, make sure you book early. Special seating requirements must be advised at the time of booking.
BOOKING EVENING PERFORMANCES
Can’t take your students out of class? You can now bring your students to a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening performance at the matinee price of $30 per student. There are a limited number of tickets available at this price so make sure you get your booking in early.
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