A Play For The Nation

London theatre news: Monday 23 May 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company - Shakespeare - Tours

This production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Royal Shakespeare Company, featuring amateur companies, is now touring again after its run at the Barbican.

RSC's Midsummer Night's Dream - A Play for the nation

Image: Royal Shakespeare Company

The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK.

The RSC's Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman (Oh What a Lovely War 2010, Our Friends in the North 2007) directs 18 professional actors with local amateur groups around the UK as Shakespeare’s Mechanicals.

Returning to the RSC is Ayesha Dharker (Othello 2015, Arabian Nights 2009) in the role of Fairy Queen Titania and Chu Omambala (Hecuba 2015) as Oberon, King of the Fairies.

Also joining the Company is Laura Riseborough as Helena, Mercy Ojelade as Hermia, Jack Holden as Lysander and Chris Nayak as Demetrius.

The production has already been at Stratford, and will be back there from 15 June to 16 July.

Here's a video showing audience reaction to the show at Stratford ...

It ended its run at London's Barbican on 21 May and is now heading to the following locations ...


May 24 - 28, 2016


May 31 - June 4, 2016

You can find links to book tickets here.


Here are the show's directors to give you the low-down on the plot ...

And in this video, you can meet 'The Bottoms'.

Lots more information from the links below.


John Chapman, who played Bottom in the Barbican version of the play, has a blog which has been documenting the involvement of the Tower Theatre Company in the Royal Shakespeare Company project.


The Dream 2016 website


Tower Theatre Company

Barbican Theatre

BottomDream16 Blog

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