Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.
William Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” makes the journey to the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park this summer. It’s not the first time the show has made its way there but the fact that it keeps on returning is a testament to the enduring popularity of the text. After all, it has been doing the rounds now for more than 400 years and in that time it has become a part of popular culture that is referenced in numerous texts and has also been adapted to the screen.
This time around Matthew Dunster takes on directing duties and Olly Fox composes the music.
The plot involves various elements that are intrinsic to the work of Shakespeare, from an enchanted forest to forbidden love, and many colourful and mysterious characters along the way. On a midsummer’s night two lovers – Hermia and Lysander – escape from Athens so that they can get away from Demetrius, a man that Hermia’s father wishes her to marry. But Demetrius follows them, hotly pursued by his own admirer Helena. Meanwhile, a troupe of actors, including Bottom, head out Into The Woods as well so that they can rehearse their play for the Duke of Theseus. As part of the evening all parties find themselves surrounded my magic and mystery.
Director Matthew Dunster has been behind numerous shows in the capital both as a writer and a director, meaning his work is familiar to London theatre audiences. His directing credits include the likes of “Love the Sinner” at the National Theatre, “The Frontline” for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, “Some Voices” at The Young Vic Theatre and “Cruising” at the Bush Theatre. He was also nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for “Love and Money”, which appeared at the Young Vic Theatre (and the Royal Exchange in Manchester).
The Open Air Theatre is a popular part of the summer theatre season and in addition to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” it will also welcome a production of “Ragtime” under the direction of the venue’s Artistic Director Timothy Sheader. Meanwhile, last year’s hit “Crazy For You” continues at the Novello Theatre in the West End until July.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, meanwhile, runs at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from Saturday 2nd June 2012 to Wednesday 5th September 2012.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 2nd June 2012|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 5th September 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:45pm|
|Running Time:||3 hours|
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