What to say about A Midsummer Nights Dream at Shakespeare North Playhouse; the first Shakespearean inspired production on the incredible new stage which has been co-produced by Shakespeare North, Warrington based Not Too Tame and Newcastle’s Northern Stage.
Words that I used to describe A Midsummer Nights Dream at Shakespeare North when I came out were fun, crazy, manic, Scouse, beautiful, raw and funny. It was all of these things, often all at once.
The messaging around A Midsummer Nights Dream at Shakespeare North Playhouse asks audience members not to spoil the surprise of the production for others, which to be honest makes writing a review of the production fairly tricky. But what I can say is go (if you’re over 14) and I am pretty sure it will change what you think Shakespeare is all about. It’s such a fun contemporary take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream that my fifteen year old self could only have dreamed of watching whilst studying her GCSE text.
The actors clever use of their audience made me grateful not to be on quite the front row, although speaking of seats my back did struggle slightly with the backless benches and I’d probably go for a seat on the back row (only three rows back) when I next visit.
British sign language is woven seamlessly into the script and the Deaf actor with a lead role delivers one of the most poignant scenes in the play.
Shakespeare North is located in Prescot, North Liverpool, and is the only 17th-century style, timber-built “Cockpit” theatre outside London. The stage can be configured into two different formations end-on and, how we saw this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in-the-round. The theatre is quite beautiful in its simplicity.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream debuts at Shakespeare North Playhouse before moving to Northern Stage for the remainder of the production’s run.
The dates are as follows:
23 September – 22 October 2022, Shakespeare North Playhouse
29 October – 12 November 2022, Northern Stage
Shakespeare North offer a sliding scale of ‘pay what you decide’ prices that will hopefully encourage those who may not have thought Shakespeare was for them to give it a try.
Tickets can be bought online, by telephone or at the shop inside Shakespeare North Playhouse
Booking Line: 03003034204
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