A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Performed from Thu 16 Jun — Sat 9 Jul


A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer

A New Wolsey Theatre production, sponsored by Ashtons Legal.

Sir Trevor Nunn returns to his home town to direct William Shakespeare’s comedy of mismatched love.

Patron of the New Wolsey Theatre, and former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has thus far directed 36 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, with this production completing the collection.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the Elizabethan writer’s most popular plays, enjoyed worldwide by audiences and school children alike. A play dedicated to magic, amazement, theatrics and passion - it showcases the poetry of Shakespeare in an entertaining and accessible way to all, with plenty of humour and audience asides.

As well as marking the theatre’s 15th birthday year, and concluding Sir Trevor’s repertoire of directing Shakespeare, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and joins many theatres across the region and UK who will be marking the celebration with groundbreaking productions and festivals.


Cast & Creatives

Imogen Daines — Helena

Assad Zaman — Demetrius

Deven Modha — Flute

Esh Alladi — Puck

Harmage Singh Kalirai — Peter Quince

Kulvinder Ghir — Bottom

Minal Patel — Snug

Muzz Khan — Starveling

Sam Dastor — Egeus

Matt Rawle — Oberon/Theseus

Fiona Hampton — Titania/Hippolyta

Michelle Bishop — First Fairy/Phyllis

Saikat Ahamed — Snout

Harry Lister Smith — Lysander

Neerja Naik — Hermia

Sir Trevor Nunn — Director

From 1968 to 1986, he was the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing over thirty productions, including most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Miserables. From 1997 to 2003, he was Director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Troilus and Cressida, Oklahoma!, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk, My Fair Lady, The Coast of Utopia, A Streetcar Named Desire, Anything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s plays Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia and Rock n Roll; and of Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express and Aspects of Love by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other theatre includes The Lady From The Sea (Almeida); Hamlet, Richard II, Inherit the Wind (Old Vic); Cyrano de Bergerac, Kiss Me Kate (Chichester); Heartbreak House, Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); A Chorus of Disapproval, All That Fall and Relative Values (West End); The Wars of the Roses (Kingston Rose Theatre); Pericles (TFANA New York).

Michael Oakley — Associate Director

Libby Watson — Designer

Libby trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art. She designed extensively in the UK and abroad, venues include the West End, Birmingham Rep, The Crucible, The Wolsey, Nottingham Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Royal Court, Northcott Exeter, Bristol Old Vic, Bolton Octagon, Salisbury Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Riverside Studios, Hampstead Theatre, Tricycle, Stratford East, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, Belgrade Coventry, Bush Theatre and Manahattan Theatre Club New York. Libby designed The Mountaintop at Trafalgar Studios West End which was the winner of 2011 Olivier Award for Best Play.

Recent design credits include: Toast by Nigel Slater at the Lowry and |the Traverse, The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios West End, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, New Wolsey Theatre, Daisy Pulls it Off, Park Theatre, Peter Pan, Misi Producciones Bogota Columbia, Fences, West End and Theatre Royal Bath, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls, Wolsey Theatre,  Les Femmes Savantes, The Miser, Belgrade Theatre, Rudy’s Rare Records, Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire, Propoganda Swing Belgrade and Nottingham Playhouse, Frankie and Johnny, Chichester Festival Theatre History Boys UK tour, Play Mas Orange Tree. Feed the Beast and Hysteria Birmingham Rep. Uk Tour of Mustapha Matura’s Three Sisters. For the Tricycle Theatre Gem of the Ocean, Blues for Mr Charlie, Radio Golf and The War Next Door. Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Hampstead Theatre and UK tour. Blest Be The Tie and What’s in the Cat, Royal Court

Future Projects include: Beauty and the Beast, Keswick, Dr Faustus, Sam Wanamker Theatre and Privacy Kilden Theatre, Norway.

Sarvar Sabri — Composer

Sonia Sabri — Choreographer

Mark Jonathon — Lighting Designer

Drew Baumohl — Sound Designer

Ginny Schiller — Casting Director

Morwenna Rowe — Voice Coach


Reviews of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What the press say


"The verse is handled with microscopic precision as Nunn relocates Shakespeare’s comedy to a world of diplomats and cocktails where Theseus becomes a white-suited Mountbatten figure." ★★★★☆

Michael Billington - The Guardian

"The Raj setting for Trevor Nunn’s latest production fits like a glove, making this a really fine midsummer’s night out. It’s a happy homecoming and a mighty achievement" ★★★★☆

Dominic Maxwell - The Times

"Nunn's stagecraft is magnificent. This is a dream production"

Clare Brennan - The Observer

What the public say

A splendid productio brilliantly cast and played. Is the performance being repeated elsewhere? The captions were very helpful, but we had no card on the back of our seats to put in the bucket!

Pat Deliss

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