A Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Nights Dream poster 2008

4th July - 13th September 2008

In Promenade around Headington Hill Park


Introduction

Director Zoe Seaton reunited with visual consultant Paul McEneaney for an unforgettable reworking of Shakespeare’s most enchanting play. The audience were invited by the character of Puck to follow him deeper into the arboretum to several different locations in the park where scenes unfolded.

Spectacular illusions and breathtaking special effects included Titania (played by a male actor, Richard Neale) appearing from a puff of smoke and levitating, Puck pouring a glass of wine without holding the glass, Oberon making a flower disappear in a burst of flame, and tiny fairies dancing in front of Titania’s bower.

Oberon and Titania dominated the fairy world on stilts, the mechanicals arrived on a scooter, and a skeleton with human legs carried away Lysander and Hermia’s luggage.

Reviews

“the production crackles with energy”
The Stage

“The performances were superb”
Daily Info

Artistic team

Director – Zoe Seaton
Visual Consultant – Paul McEneaney
Costume and Prop Designer – Diane Ennis
Set Designer – Tomasin Cuthbert
Movement Director – Aiden Treays
Voice and Verse Coach – Richard Ryder
Sound Technician – Andrew Wales

Cast

Pete Ashmore
Andrew Hodges
Richard Kidd
Richard Neale
Patrick O’Reilly
Chris Porter
Anna Stranack
Hannah Summers

Understudies

Katie McGarry
Nicholas John

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