Queen Mab at Iris Theatre Summer Festival

London theatre news: Friday 28 May 2021

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The world premiere of Danielle Pearson's Queen Mab will be part of Iris Theatre's Summer Festival at the Actor's Church, Covent Garden in June.
Queen Mab at Iris Theatre

Image courtesy Iris Theatre

One of the treats that summer brings is open air theatre - at least it can be a treat as long as the British weather turns out to be kind!

Iris Theatre's annual summer season of shows prove especially appealing since they are presented in the lovely gardens of the Actors' Church (St Paul's) which is located right in the heart of the West End in Covent Garden.

This year, Iris Theatre are presenting a Summer Festival which is scheduled to run from 21 June to 22 August.

The festival is described as 'a celebration of theatre, music and performance' and five theatrical companies have been commissioned to present a piece of new work for one week.

One of the productions is Queen Mab, a new play by Danielle Pearson, which gets its world premiere during the festival from 21 to 26 June.

The play is inspired by Mercutio's famous speech in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. and is a coming-of-age tale for all ages.

Through music and storytelling, Queen Mab examines the euphoria, confusion and loneliness of youth.

Cast with the struggles and challenges of 2020 drama school graduates in mind, the Queen Mab team are introducing two extraordinary new talents - Erica Flint (Mab) and Jo Patmore (Freya).

The play is directed by Georgie Staight, who commented ...

"Queen Mab is the type of story I'm craving after the past year.

A play that feels both reflective and a celebration of community.

One that's packed full of music, magic and heart, performed by two wonderful actor musicians."

Writer Danielle Pearson added ...

"Mab has been haunting me for years, as the most exciting (but terrifying) ideas tend to do.

The time feels right to try to catch this mercurial, mischievous and occasionally malevolent sprite on paper."

Show listing details for Queen Mab is given below and you'll find the full programme of iris Theatre's Summer Festival here.

Show listing information


A suburban street.

The night is ink and moonlight.

A lone fox noses through your bins.

Out in the garden, I am watching …

This is not my first plague.

Mab is an ancient being who doles out dreams and nightmares to her sleeping victims.

She has watched humans for centuries, knows our worst fears and wildest fantasies - and quite frankly, she's bored of us.

That is until a chance meeting with Freya Roberts, a locked-down teen watching her best years slip away.

As Mab and Freya strike up an unlikely friendship, the faerie is reluctantly drawn into the laughter, squabbles, triumphs and anxieties of the Roberts' family.

But when grief threatens their world, can Mab maintain her impartial role of observer?


Erica Flint - Mab

Jo Patmore - Freya


Author: Danielle Pearson
Director: Georgie Staight
Designer: Isobel Nicholson
Production: Flux Theatre and Arsalan Sattari Productions


Iris Theatre
St Paul's Church
Bedford St
Covent Garden


From: Monday 21 June 2021

Closed: Saturday 26 June 2021


Standard: From £14


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Queen Mab

St Paul's, Covent Garden - Wikipedia

The Actors' Church website

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