Casting announced for Nicholas Hytner’s immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream - l-r Gwendoline Christie (Titania), David Moorst (Puck), Ryan Bawa, Oliver Chris (Oberon) and Hammed Animashaun (Bottom) - Photo credit Perou
A Midsummer Night's Dream - l-r Gwendoline Christie (Titania), David Moorst (Puck), Ryan Bawa, Oliver Chris (Oberon) and Hammed Animashaun (Bottom) - Photo credit Perou

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – l-r Gwendoline Christie (Titania), David Moorst (Puck), Ryan Bawa, Oliver Chris (Oberon) and Hammed Animashaun (Bottom) – Photo credit Perou

Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom in Nicholas Hytner’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which has its first performance in the Bridge Theatre’s immersive format this summer on 3 June.

The theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels.  The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.

The production re-unites the team responsible for last year’s smash-hit Julius Caesar.  Direction is by Nicholas Hytner, design by Bunny Christie, costume by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti and joining the team will be Grant Olding.

The full cast is Paul Adeyefa (Demetrius), Hammed Animashaun (Bottom), Charlotte Atkinson (Moth), Tessa Bonham Jones (Helena), Oliver Chris (Oberon/Theseus), Gwendoline Christie (Titania/Hippolyta), Jermaine Freeman (Flute), Isis Hainsworth (Hermia), Chipo Kureya (Peasebottom), Francis Lovehall (Starveling), Kevin McMonagle (Egeus), Ami Metcalf (Snout), Jamie-Rose Monk (Snug), Felicity Montagu (Quince), David Moorst (Puck), Lennin Nelson-McClure (Mustardseed), Rachel Tolzman (Fairy), Jay Webb (Cobweb) and Kit Young (Lysander).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at the Bridge Theatre from 3 June – 31 August 2019 and has its opening night on 11 June 2019.  Evening performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with weekday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (check website for details).

Three hundred immersive tickets at £25 are available in advance for each performance with a special allocation of £15 immersive tickets held for Young Bridge members, a free scheme for those under 26.

Gwendoline Christie is best known for portraying Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. Her theatre credits include Dr Faustus and Mirandolina at the Royal Exchange Theatre,Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Cymbeline at the Barbican Theatre, Pravda for Chichester Festival Theatre and Great Expectations for the Royal Shakespeare CompanyOn television Christie’s credits also include Top of the Lake: China Girl by Jane Campion. Her film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, In Fabric by Peter Strickland, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as well as the forthcoming production of The Personal History of David Copperfield by Armando Ianucci.

Oliver Chris’ credits include One Man Two Guvnors and King Charles III both of which transferred to the West End and then to Broadway. He was in the Bridge’s opening production,Young Marx. His other work in the theatre includes Great Britain, Season’s Greetings and Twelfth Night for the National Theatre, Closer for the Donmar Warehouse, Women andCyrano de Bergerac for the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Taming of the Shrew at Wilton’s Music Hall.  On television he has been seen in Motherland, King Charles III, The Musketeers, The Scandalous Lady W, Bluestone 42, Breathless, Silent Witness, Hotel Babylon, Green Wing, The IT Crowd and The Office. His film credits include The Little Stranger, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and The Gathering. He recently directed Ralegh: The Treason Trial at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

David Moorst won Best Newcomer (Critics’ Circle) and Emerging Talent Award (Evening Standard) a year after graduating from LAMDA.  He was at the Bridge Theatre last summer inAllelujah!. His other theatre credits include Shopping and Fucking at the Lyric Hammersmith, Into the Woods for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Violence and Son at the Royal Court andWonderland at Hampstead Theatre. His television and film credits include Grantchester, Partners in Crime, Holby City and Peterloo. 

 Hammed Animashaun was in Barbershop Chronicles, Amadeus and The Threepenny Opera for the National Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bugsy Malone and Secret Theatre for the Lyric Hammersmith, Measure for Measure at the Young Vic, Hate at the Barbican Theatre and The Boy Who Fell Into a Book at Soho Theatre. His television and film credits include Black Mirror and The Festival.

This is the first time Nicholas Hytner has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His previous Shakespeare productions are As You Like It, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale.

Sheffield Theatres announce further programming to complete current season

Life of Pi

As Robert Hastie’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens at Sheffield Theatres, he announces further programming to complete the current season.

 Joining the previously announced co-production with Out of Joint – Kate Bowen’s Close Quarters; the Christmas musical Kiss Me, Kate directed byPaul FosterCaroline Steinbeis’ production of Rutherford and Sondebbie tucker green’s hang and the world première of Standing at the Sky’s Edge with book by Chris Bush and music and lyrics by the internationally acclaimed musician Richard Hawley; are the world première of a major new stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize winning Life of Pi by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Max Webster; and Third Angel’s The Department of Distractions – a co-production with Northern Stage, produced in association with Sheffield Theatres.

Also announced today is a new initiative – Sheffield People’s Theatre Residency Season, where members of the local community will have the opportunity to hone their theatre making skills working with some of the leading theatre companies in the UK, culminating with a sharing on the theatre’s stages.

 Robert Hastie said today, “When I first read Life of Pi, back when everyone was telling each other to read this wonderful new book, I remember thinking that it could make for an awesome piece of theatre if someone had the ambition and imagination to bring it to the stage. Max Webster, Lolita Chakrabarti and Finn Caldwell of Gyre and Gimble are those brave and brilliant people, and I’m absolutely thrilled that we have such an ambitious and exciting team joining us to realise this epic story.

Alongside new writing, the city of Sheffield also sits at the heart of the next season. Sheffield’s history is powerfully brought to life through the writing of Sheffield-born Chris Bush and the music of Sheffield icon Richard Hawley in Standing at the Sky’s Edge; Third Angel, one of the city’s finest theatre companies, bring their brilliant Department of Distractions to the Studio; and Sheffield People’s Theatre embarks on a new chapter in its development with three fantastic residencies.   “


A Sheffield Theatres Production

World Première


Based on the novel by Yann Martel

Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti

Director Max Webster; Designer: Tim Hatley; Puppet Designer: Finn Caudwell of Gyre and Gimble

 28 June – 20 July 2019

 After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen year-old boy and a hungry Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide –Life of Pi is a dazzling new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope. A film of the book, adapted by Ang Lee, was released in 2012.

Casting update for Sheffield Theatres’ Autumn Season

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announced the full cast for the world première of Chris Bush’s Steel, and his major new revival of William Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For SteelRebecca Frecknall directs Nigel Betts (Ian/Dai) and Rebecca Scroggs (Vanessa/Josie). The production opens on 17 September, with previews from 13 September, and runs until 6 October.

For A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hastie directs Patricia Allison (Hermia), Donna Berlin (Starveling), Phil Cheadle (Theseus/Oberon), Pandora Colin (Titania/Hippolyta), Bobby Delaney(Puck/Philostrate), Liam Gerrard (Snout), Rebecca Jayne-Davies (First Fairy), Toheeb Jimoh (Demetrius), Lorne MacFadyen (Lysander), Evelyn Miller (Helena), Francesca Mills(Snug), Sophia Nomvete (Quince), Daniel Rigby (Bottom), and Samuel Townsend (Flute). The production opens on 2 October, with previews from 28 September, and runs until 20 October.


A Sheffield Theatres Production

World Première


By Chris Bush

13 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 17 September, 7.45pm

Cast: Nigel Betts (Ian/Dai) and Rebecca Scroggs (Vanessa/Josie)

Director: Rebecca Frecknall; Designer: Madeleine Girling; Lighting Designer: Jack Knowles

Sound Designer and Composer: James Frewer; Casting: Anna Cooper CDG

‘I am the Labour Party candidate. Now ask me why.’


 ‘Because I am the best damn person for the job.’

 The top candidate without question, Vanessa was made to be Mayor. Thirty years prior, Josie just wants things to change and seeks a seat on the local council. This witty new play by Chris Bush explores the last three decades of women in politics, asking what’s changed and what still must.

Chris Bush is a Sheffield-born playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. She is currently a resident artist for Sheffield Theatres, where her previous credits include What We Wished For, A Dream and The Sheffield Mysteries. Her upcoming work includes Pericles (National Theatre) and The Changing Room (NT Connections 2018). Other work includes The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatre Clwyd), A Declaration from the People (National Theatre), Larksong (New Vic Theatre), Cards on the Table (Royal Exchange Manchester), ODD (Royal & Derngate concert performance), Sleight & Hand (Summerhall and BBC Arts), TONY! The Blair Musical (York Theatre Royal and UK tour), Poking the Bear (Theatre503) and Wolf (National Theatre Studio reading).

Nigel Betts plays Ian/Dai. Theatre credits include Albion (Almeida Theatre), Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre), Pastoral (Soho Theatre), One Man Two Guv’nors, War Horse (National Theatre and West End), The 39 Steps, Up’n’Under, Henry IVAs You Like It (West End), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), and A New Way to Please You, Sejanus: His Fall, Thomas More, Night of the Soul (RSC). For television, his recent work includes Trollied, Scarborough, Outlander, Little Boy Blue, Bliss, Bounty Hunters, Death in Paradise, Boy Meets Girl, Vera, Class, The Coroner, DCI Banks, New Tricks, You, Me & Them, Doctor Who, Waterloo Road and Downton Abbey; and for film, David Copperfield, Undercliffe, The Christmas Candle, Lipstikka, Desert Flower, Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution, In Your Dreams, Chain Male, Cheeky, Harold the Amazing Contortionist Pig, Keen Eddie andThunderpants.

 Rebecca Scroggs returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Vanessa/Josie – she previously appeared in One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Eclipse Theatre co-production). For theatre, her other work includes What Shadows (Birmingham Rep), The Suicide, Danton’s Death (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Filter Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith), Dream Story(Gate Theatre), Doris Day, Fatal Light (Clean Break) and Detaining Justice (Tricycle Theatre). For television, her work includes Flack, as series regular Tosh in EastEndersPlenty More Fishand Death in Paradise.

Rebecca Frecknall directs. As director, her credits include Summer and Smoke (Almeida Theatre – transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre in November), Educating Rita (Durham Gala), JulieWhat Are They Like? and Idomeneus (Northern Stage), You, Me, and Everything Else (Soho Theatre and UK tour), Aftermath (Royal & Derngate), A Streetcar Named Desire Parallel Production (Young Vic), Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Greenwich Theatre) and Bassett (New Diorama). As Associate Director, her credits include Ink (Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre) and James and the Giant Peach (Northern Stage). Frecknall received a Jerwood Assistant Director Bursary to train at the Young Vic and was the 2012 recipient of the National Theatre Studio’s Resident Director Bursary. In 2015 she won the acclaimed Regional Theatres Young Directors Scheme Bursary and was Resident Director at Northern Stage for 18 months.



A Sheffield Theatres Production


By William Shakespeare

28 September – 20 October 2018

Press night: 2 October, 7pm

Cast: Patricia Allison (Hermia), Donna Berlin (Starveling), Phil Cheadle (Theseus/Oberon),

Pandora Colin (Titania/Hippolyta), Bobby Delaney (Puck/Philostrate), Liam Gerrard (Snout),

Rebecca Jayne-Davies (First Fairy), Toheeb Jimoh (Demetrius), Lorne MacFadyen (Lysander), Evelyn Miller (Helena), Francesca Mills (Snug), Sophia Nomvete (Quince), Daniel Rigby (Bottom), Samuel Townsend (Flute)

Director: Robert Hastie; Designer: Chiara Stephenson

Lighting Designer: Richard Howell; Composer: Dan Gillespie Sells; Sound Designer: Nick Greenhill

Casting Director: Robert Sterne CDG

The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Desperate lovers, squabbling supernaturals and a hapless troupe of amateur actors get tangled in this joyous tale of enchantment and transformation.

Full of magic and mayhem, this is Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy, reimagined by Artistic Director, Robert Hastie with co-creator of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Dan Gillespie Sells, in a fresh production brimming with musicality.

Patricia Allison plays Hermia. Her theatre credits include The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Our Town (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Henry V(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)For television, her work includes Sex Education, Moving On, Les Miserables and Thanks for the Memories.

Donna Berlin returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Starveling – she previously appeared in Of Kith and Kin (also Bush Theatre). Her other theatre The Chalk Garden (Chichester Festival Theatre), Great Apes (Arcola Theatre), Anna KareninaRolling Stone (Royal Exchange Manchester/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Blood Wedding,  The Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Elmina’s Kitchen (UK tour, Garrick Theatre) and Puffins (Nabokov/Southwark Playhouse).For television, her work includes Requiem, Game Face, Todd Margaret, New Tricks, Extras, Lead Balloonand Beautiful People; and for film In Darkness, MonochromeDinner with My Sisters and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Also a choreographer and movement director, where her credits includeWaves and Attempts on Her Life (National Theatre).

Phil Cheadle plays Theseus/Oberon. His theatre credits include Table (New Vic Theatre), The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Breaking The Code (Royal Exchange Theatre), Henry V(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre), Mrs. Affleck (National Theatre), Henry IVBedlam (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Changeling(UK tour/Barbican), Neighbourhood Watch (Stephen Joseph Theatre/Tricycle Theatre/59E59 Theater), Dear Uncle (Stephen Joseph Theatre) and Events While Guarding The Bofors Gun,Variation on a Theme (Finborough Theatre). His television credits include New Worlds; and for film, John Carter of Mars.

Pandora Colin returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Titania/Hippolyta – she previously appeared in The Country Wife and Julius Caesar. Her theatre credits include Top Trumps, Natural Selection (Theatre503), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Cornelius – Brits off Broadway (59E59 Theater), The Dark Earth and The Light SkyThe House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), After The Dance, Every Good Boy Deserves FavourSome Trace of Her, Women of Troy (National Theatre), Stephen and The Sexy Partridge (Trafalgar Studios), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush Theatre), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), Kindertransport, The Kiss (Hampstead Theatre) and Mariana Pineda (Arcola Theatre). Her television credits includeDeliciousPenny DreadfulNY-LON; and for film, Film Stars Don’t Die in LiverpoolThe Lady in the VanI Give It a YearA Bunch of Amateurs and Run, Fat Boy, Run.

Bobby Delaney plays Puck/Philostrate. His theatre credits include Annie (Piccadilly Theatre),  The Witches, Miss Craig (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Henry V (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Calamity Jane (The Watermill Theatre and UK tour), Spamalot  (Harold Pinter Theatre), The History Boys (Chichester Festival Theatre), Oh What a Lovely War (Haymarket, Basingstoke), All’s Well that Ends Well (National Theatre) and A Taste of Honey (Salisbury Playhouse).

Liam Gerrard plays Snout. His theatre credits include The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Royal Lyceum Theatre), Robin Hood and Marian (New Vic Theatre), Symphony (Soho Theatre/Nabokov), The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon (Oldham Coliseum Theatre/The Dukes), Miss Julie (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Tempest (Watford Palace Theatre),Soul Man (Stephen Joseph Theatre/New Vic Theatre), Tom’s Midnight GardenThe Maid of Buttermere‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Theatre by the Lake) and Romeo and Juliet(Northern Broadsides).

Rebecca Jayne-Davies plays First Fairy. Her theatre credits include Pinocchio (National Theatre), Half a Sixpence (Noël Coward Theatre), Legally BlondeThe Water Babies (Curve), Kiss Me Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet), Anything Goes (UK tour), Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre) and West Side Story (RSC).

Toheeb Jimoh plays Demetrius. He recently graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His other theatre work includes Talk to the Dog (T’rah and Chips Theatre Ensemble).

Lorne MacFadyen plays Lysander. His theatre work includes Certain Young Men (National Theatre), Five Finger Exercise (The Print Room), The Country Wife, The Merchant of Venice, A View from the Bridge, Antigone (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Singer (National Theatre of Scotland). For television, his work includes Tina and Bobby, Grantchester, The Level, West Skerra Light and Shetland: Blue Lighting; and for film Outlaw King, The Little Stranger, The Angel’s Share and Exchange and Mart.

Evelyn Miller plays Helena. Her theatre credits include The Taming Of The ShrewRichard III (international tour), Jane Eyre (National Theatre and UK tour), Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry VThe Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre), Peer Gynt (Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra), The Little Prince (Royal Opera House) and Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic).

Francesca Mills plays Snug. Her theatre credits include Pity (Royal Court Theatre), The Two Noble Kinsman (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac (Northern Broadsides/UK tour), A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre/Complicité), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep/UK tour) and See How They Run (UK tour). Her television credits include Harlots; and for film, Zoolander 2.

Sophia Nomvete returns to Sheffield Theatre to play Quince – she previously appeared in The Wizard of Oz. Her other theatre credits include Miss LittlewoodVice Versa (RSC), Wind in the Willows the Musical (Plymouth, Lowry Salford and Mayflower, Southampton), Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse, Northern Stage, Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep), The Heresy of LoveAs You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Pyjama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), England People Very Nice (National Theatre) and Our House (Cambridge Theatre). For television, her work includes The Tempest.

Daniel Rigby returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Bottom – he previously played David Frost in Frost/Nixon. For theatre, his other work includes Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Breaking the Code (Manchester Royal Exchange), Holes (Arcola Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre and Broadway) and Ninagawa’s Hamlet (Barbican). His television work includes Flowers, Plebs, Gap Year, Sick Note, Jericho, Black Mirror, Big School, Cardinal Burns, Eric and Ernie (BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor) and The Street; and for film, Flyboys.

Samuel Townsend plays Flute. For theatre his work includes Harold And Maude (Charing Cross Theatre), 84 Charing Cross Road (Cambridge Arts Theatre / Salisbury Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (MAC, Belfast) and As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse). For television his work includes The Royals and The Giblet Boys.

Robert Hastie’s recent productions as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres include The York Realist (co-production with the Donmar Warehouse), The Wizard of OzOf Kith and Kin (co-production with Bush Theatre) and Julius Caesar. Previous directing credits include Breaking the Code (Royal Exchange Manchester), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd). As an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, his work includes My Night with Reg by Kevin Elyot (Donmar Warehouse/West End – Best Newcomer nomination at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and Best Revival nomination at the Olivier Awards) and Splendour by Abi Morgan. His other directing credits include Carthage and Events While Guarding The Bofors Gun (Finborough Theatre), Sunburst (Holborn Grange Hotel), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and A Breakfast of Eels (Print Room).

Dan Gillespie Sells returns to Sheffield Theatres following the critically acclaimed musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, for which he composed the music, which transferred to the West End in 2017. The production received three WhatsOnStage awards and two UK Theatre awards, including Best New Musical at both, and Gillespie Sells won Best Composer at The Stage Debut Awards. He is best known for being the lead vocalist and principal songwriter in The Feeling. Their debut album, Twelve Stops and Home sold over a million copies, whilst their second album, Join With Us reached the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts. The band’s fifth album was released in March 2016. His other theatre credits include The Bad, The Sad, and The Broken Hearted (Soho Theatre and The Steve Allen Theatre Los Angeles – currently being developed as a series in America), 3WithD (London Coliseum and Stuttgart Ballet, a collaboration with Javier De Frutos and Ed Watson), and for television, the theme music to BBC’s Beautiful People. Gillespie Sells was the recipient of the 2015 Stonewall Award for Entertainer of the Decade for his work in the LGBT community and the 2007 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year.

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Full details and cast and creative team announced for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

Alex Vlahos
Alex Vlahos

Alex Vlahos

  • Details revealed for unique summer of Shakespeare in the historic city of York that will see four of the Bard’s greatest works performed in Europe’s first pop-up replica Shakespearean theatre.
  • Directors Lindsay Posner, Damian Cruden & Juliet Forster to lead two companies of actors performing Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.
  • Versailles star Alexander Vlahos to play Romeo opposite The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling’s Juliet while Requiem’s Dyfan Dwyfor will play Richard III.
  • Yorkshire’s Richard Standing (Coronation Street, Mamma Mia!) to take the role of Macbeth with York’s Leandra Ashton (Coronation Street, Holby City) as Lady Macbeth, while a gender-swapping A Midsummer Night’s Dream will see Antony Bunsee (RSC, Eastenders) play Titania with Amanda Ryan(Shameless) taking the role of Oberon.
  • Visitors can also enjoy FREE ENTRY to Shakespeare’s Village which will offer the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink curated by television chef Brian Turner, as well as ‘wagon’ entertainment, an Elizabethan-style garden and more.

Today, on the birthday of William Shakespeare, full details have been announced for Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre – SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE – which makes its debut in the historic city of York in June.  Preparations are well underway for a ground-breaking ‘Summer of Shakespeare’.

Situated beside the iconic York landmark of Clifford’s Tower, SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will combine state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre.  It will house an audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’.

Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors during the 10-week season, from Monday 25 June until Sunday 2 September 2018:

  • A tragedy – Macbeth
  • A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A tragic love story – Romeo and Juliet
  • A history – Richard III

The traditional setting will host new interpretations of these famous works, both challenging and entertaining.  Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be directed by the award-winning Lindsay Posner, while York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director Damian Cruden will direct Macbeth, and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting her stamp on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Making up the York company are Gareth Aled (Lennox/Starveling), Leandra Ashton (Lady Macbeth/Peaseblossom), Antony Bunsee (Siward/Theseus & Titania), Clare Corbett (Witch 3/Puck), Fine Time Fontayne (Duncan/Egeus), Maria Gray (Witch 2/1st Fairy), Paul Hawkyard (Macduff/Bottom), Mark Holgate (Banquo/Demetrius), Emilio Iannucci (Malcolm/Flute), Amy Lennox (Mentieth/Hermia), Rina Mahoney (Lady Macduff/Quince), Olivia Onyehara (Angus/Helena), Jordan Peters (Ross/Lysander), Amanda Ryan (Hecate/Hippolyta & Oberon), Robin Simpson (Witch 1/Snout) and Richard Standing (Macbeth/Snug).

The York company creative team will be led by directors Damian Cruden (Macbeth) and Juliet Forster (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with designer Sara Perks, choreographer Philippa Vafadari, composer Chris Madin, fight director Jonathan Holby, and voice coach Yvonne Morley.

Making up the London company are Emma Darlow (Dorset/Balthazar), Alexandra Dowling (Lady Anne/Juliet), Dyfan Dwyfor (Richard III/Sampson), Gabriel Fleary (Brackenbury/Escalus), David Fleeshman (Stanley/Friar Laurence), Charlyne Francis (Second Murderer/Gregory), Robert Gwilym (Hastings/Capulet), Julie Legrand (Margaret/Nurse), Tom Lorcan (Rivers/Benvolio), Joey Phillips (Lovell/Abram), Shanaya Rafaat (Buckingham/Mercutio), Dale Rapley (Lord Mayor/Lord Montague), Emily Raymond (Queen Elizabeth/Lady Capulet), Edward Sayer (Tyrell/Tybalt), Julia Swift (Duchess of York/Lady Montague), Richard Teverson (Clarence/Paris) and Alexander Vlahos (Catesby/Romeo).

The London company creative team will be led by director Lindsay Posner and associate director Martha Geelan, with choreographer Mike Ashcroft, designer Lee Newby, costume designer Sue Willmington, composer Olly Fox, fight director Kate Waters and voice coach Yvonne Morley.

Casting for SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is by Ginny Schiller, lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Harry Johnson.

A trial build of the theatre in an off-site location outside York has been completed with work set to begin on the actual structure at the foot of 13th century Clifford’s Tower within York’s ancient city walls at the end of May.

Outside SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will be ‘Shakespeare’s Village’, and exciting plans for this free-to-enter attraction have been revealed.  Yorkshire-born celebrity chef and food ambassador for the Village, Brian Turner (Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen, A Taste of Britain), is creating a special street food menu with leading Yorkshire street food vendors, showcasing some of the best fare the county has to offer.  In addition there will be locally-made ice cream and a fully licensed bar, all housed in traditional oak-framed and reed-thatched buildings.

Award-winning Yorkshire garden designer Sally Tierney has been engaged to design and create an Elizabethan garden, with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.  Ms Tierney is the winner of a Silver-Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s renowned Chelsea Flower Show, as well as ‘Best in Show’ and numerous gold medals at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

The production team are also busy sourcing performers for the Village.  During Elizabethan times, actors would often travel the country performing plays on farm wagons.  Shakespeare’s Village will feature a regular schedule of ‘wagon entertainment’ with sensational speeches, soulful sonnets and medieval music, as well as juggling jesters.

The original Rose Theatre was built in 1587 on the south bank of the River Thames in London. It was a slightly irregular 14-sided structure made of timber, with plaster exterior and a thatched roof, open in the centre to the elements.  The success of The Rose Theatre paved the way for other theatres to be built in the area, including The Swan in 1595, The Globe Theatre in 1599 and The Fortune in 1600.

Originator of the project and CEO of international theatre production company, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall said “More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in close to the actors and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London.

“In SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE an experience every bit as exciting, intimate and immersive will be offered to today’s audiences in a dramatic playhouse setting beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the historic city of York.

“The unique environment of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE connects actors and audience together in ways many people will never have encountered before.  While an interactive experience awaits those closest to the stage in the courtyard, no seat in the theatre will be more than 15m from the action, providing plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments!

Mr Cundall explained “One of our key aims is to offer comprehensive support for school groups, to encourage young people to see these plays, in this space.  As well as special schools performances and prices we have established the Rose Bursary Scheme whereby schools with limited resources can apply for free tickets.  I am delighted to say we have had great take-up from schools across the north of England.

“With dramatic sword-fights, bubbling cauldrons, wayward fairies, passionate love scenes, gruesome murders, grand poetry and no shortage of fake blood, audiences will experience the comic heights and tragic depths of Shakespearean theatre in a memorable setting,” said Mr Cundall.

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE and Shakespeare’s Village will be created and managed by Yorkshire-based Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

The title sponsor of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is Grand Central Rail, an established train operator on the East Coast line linking York to London.  Other sponsors are Fenwick luxury department store; the Grand Hotel and Spa, York’s only five star hotel; the Helmsley Group, a York-based investment company in commercial and residential property; the York Business Improvement District (BID), a business-led partnership that invests in improvements and enhancements to the centre of York and its businesses; Welcome to Yorkshire, the official tourism agency for the county of Yorkshire; and Yorkshire’s daily national newspaper, the Yorkshire Post.

Supporters of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE include City of York Council, Cross Country Trains, English Heritage, First Group, Historic England, Make it York, University of York, York International Shakespeare Festival and York Museums Trust.

Donors to the Rose Bursary Scheme include The Holbeck Charitable Trust Foundation, Stephanie Overton and John Lindeman, Palace Capital and the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.


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The Lyric Hammersmith and Filter announce casting for the UK Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Lyric Hammersmith and Filter’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream today announced the casting for the UK tour, which opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on Friday 13 April 2018. The cast and band includes Allyson Ava-BrownGeorge FouracresDaniel FraserDavid GanlyHarry JardineMatt King SmithAmy MarchantKayla MeikleAlan PaganMichael Palmer and Dharmesh Patel.

Following the production’s hugely successful run at both the Lyric Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Manchester in 2012, the production was revived in 2016 at the Lyric and then toured to Brisbane Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival. This riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays now returns for a seven-week UK tour. Featuring original live music, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.

Sean Holmes, Director and Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith, said “I’m delighted that the Lyric is back touring the country and especially thrilled that Filter’s Lyric Dreamis the focus of this major national tour. We hope new audiences everywhere will delight in its anarchy, its irreverence and its fun.”

Allyson Ava-Brown

For the Lyric: Aladdin

Theatre credits include: The Quiet House (Birmingham Rep/Park Theatre); Etienne Sisters, Beauty and the Beast, Crowning Glory, Jack and the Beanstalk, Martina Cole’s Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East); In Bed (Theatre Centre Works); Snakes and Ladders (UK Tour); Puss In Boots (Hackney Empire); Carnival of the Animals(Riverside Studios); The Swallowing Dark (Liverpool Playhouse/Theatre503); The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Moonshadow/Yusuf Islam In Concert(Tour); The Villains Opera, Honk! The Ugly Duckling (National Theatre); Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); Julius Caesar, The TempestAnthony and Cleopatra(RSC/Stratford/Tour/West End); Hairyfairies (Fick Productions); Simplyheavenly (Trafalgar Studios); Passports to the Promised Land (Nitro); Cinderella (Watford Palace Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: Casualty, Doctors, Bear Behaving Badl, The Wrong Door, Basil Brush Show, EastEnders, Sea Of Souls, Kerching!, Holby City, Secret Diary of A Call Girl, VeraSherlock Holmes And The Living Dead, Witness and Ambition to Live.

George Fouracres

Theatre credits include: Antigone, Romeo and Juliet, The Cure, The Seventh Seal and Black Comedy (ADC); Babushka, The Red Shoes (Troupe); Diary of a Nobody (Kings Head Theatre); Ecclesiastical Perks (The New Arcadians); Life x 3 (HATS); Pick Me Up (Edinburgh Fringe).

Television credits include: Drunk HistoryRaised By Wolves and The Woman In Red.

Radio credits include: Daphne Sounds Expensive and Newsjack.

Daniel Fraser

For the Lyric: Jack and the Beanstalk

Theatre & Opera credits include: Deny, Deny, Deny (Park Theatre); Flare Path (UK Tour); Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies (RSC Swan/Aldwych/Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud); Oh, To Be in England (Finborough Theatre); After Lydia (Watermill); Orpheus: The Mythical (Royal Opera House).

Film and TV credits include: Doctors, Holby CityThe Patrol, Frequencies, Scar Tissue, Happiness and Lab Rats.

David Ganly

For the Lyric: Cinderella

Theatre credits include: Girl From The North Country (Noël Coward); On Blueberry Hill (Dublin Theatre Festival); Once (Olympia Theatre Dublin); Lonesome West (Tron Theatre); The Plough & the Stars (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/Irish & US Tour); Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward); Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath);  Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre, The Royal Court/Sydney Festival/Lyceum, Broadway); Of Mice and Men (Watermill); The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic), Chicago (Cambridge); The Weir (Gate Theatre); Translations (National Theatre); The Full Monty (Prince of Wales).

Film and TV credits include: Citizen Charlie, Sunset Song, Body of Lies, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dorothy Mills, Widow’s Peak and Space Truckers. 

Harry Jardine

For the Lyric: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brisbane Festival/Dublin Festival).

For Filter: Twelfth Night (India, US and UK Tour)

Theatre credits include: The Secret Seven (Storyhouse, Chester); Octagon (Arcola); Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward); Faster Higher Stronger Straighter (Scealta Mora); People of the Town (London Collective).

Film and TV credits include: DoctorsWhat is Wrong with these People? Journey’s EndMaster of CeremoniesThe Thief and In the Heart of the Sea.

Radio credits include: Borgen, What Does The K Stand For?, Woman in Mind, The Oresteia and Home Front.

He is the Artistic Director of Vamp Theatre Company

Amy Marchant

For Filter: Twelfth Night (India/USA/UK tour)

Theatre credits include: Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward); To Sir, With Love (UK Tour); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Taming of the ShrewThe Tempest (The Willow Globe Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: DoctorsConfection and Big Day.

She is an Associate Artist of The Willow Globe Theatre.

Kayla Meikle

For the Lyric: Jack and the Beanstalk.

Theatre credits include: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre); PRIMETIME (Royal Court); Merlin (Nuffield); The Taming of the Shrew (Arts Theatre); All That Lives(Ovalhouse); Streets (Interval Productions)

Film and TV credits include: Will.

Dharmesh Patel

For the Lyric: Beauty and The Beast and Too Close To Home.

Theatre & Opera credits include: The Captive Queen, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Cymbeline, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Hamlet, The Comedy OF Errors, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, American Trade, The Grain Store, Morte d’Arthur (RSC); East is East, England Away (UK Tour); Fever Dream Southside (Citizens Theatre); Albion (Bush Theatre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre); Happy and Married (Freedom Studios); Satyagraha (Improbable/ENO/New York); Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Slow Time (National Theatre); Silent Cry (Red Ladder Theatre Co.); The Happy Prince (Leicester Haymarket Theatre).

Television includes: Casualty, Doctors and Ray’s Daze.

Radio includes: Cooking By Heart, Love Boat, Silver Street and Wimmy Road

Created by                                                                          Filter

Directed by                                                                         Sean Holmes

Design by                                                                             Hyemi Shin

Lighting Design by                                                            Oliver Fenwick

Sound Design & Original Music by                             Chris Branch & Tom Haines

Casting announced for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic’s Main House stage with a bold new production featuring Michael Gould as Oberon, Anastasia Hille as Titania and Leo Bill as Bottom. Lovers Lysander and Hermia are played by John Dagleish and Jemima Rooper; Demetrius and Helena by Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Anna Madeley. Matthew Steer plays Peter Quince. Further casting is still to be announced.

In a world of grotesque transformations and sexual provocation, repressed conflicts between lovers and their parents are released. Manipulation leads to complications and desire becomes dangerous. Heaving with the energy of a wild house party, Hill-Gibbins’ production dives into the subconscious of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Design and light for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is by Johannes Schütz, with costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Oliver Alvin-Wilson makes his Young Vic debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits include: The Red Barn, Emperor And Galilean, All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre); Antigone (Pilot, Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, The Merchant Of Venice (Propeller Theatre Company); Doctor Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Citizens Theatre) and Blue/Orange (ATG, Theatre Royal Brighton/UK Tour). For film his credits include: The Huntsman. His television credits include: From Cradle to Grave, Misfits, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

Leo Bill returns to the Young Vic after appearing in The Glass Menagerie in 2010. His other theatre credits include: Hamlet (Barbican); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Pains of Youth, The Observer, The Hothouse, A Woman Killed With Kindness (National Theatre); The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse); Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre, Royal Court) and The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible Theatre). His credits for film include: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mr Turner, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Me and Orson Welles, The Fall and Vera Drake. For television: Taboo, The White Queen, Pramface, The Borgias and Eroica.

John Dagleish makes his debut at the Young Vic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale/Harlequinade (The Garrick); Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre) for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, The Mother (Royal Court). Film credits: The Monuments Men, Age Of Heroes, Frankie Teardrop and The Priest. For television his credits include: The Last Dragonslayer, The Moorside Project, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Siblings, Truckers, Beaver Falls I & II, Larkrise To Candleford (4 series) and Henry V.

Michael Gould returns to the Young Vic following A View from the Bridge (Wyndham’s Theatre and Lyceum Theatre New York), Hamlet and Cruel and Tender. His roles at The National Theatre include: Attempts on her Life, Waves, Women of Troy, Earthquakes in London, Pillars in the Community and Our Class. Other theatre work includes: The Audience (Apollo Theatre), The Ugly One (Royal Court), Othello (RSC), and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe). On TV: The Jury, Secret State, The Bletchley Circle, Lucan, Getting On, Decline and Fall, Silent Witness and The Conversation. On film: Our Kind of Traitor, Crocodile, Private Peaceful and Room 8 (BAFTA Best Short).

Anastasia Hille returns to the Young Vic after appearing in The Jewish Wife and The Maids. Work at the National Theatre includes: Dido-Queen of Carthage, Women Of Troy, Macbeth, Waves, A Dream Play, The Oresteia and The Effect (Olivier nominated). Other theatre work includes: The Master Builder (Almeida, Olivier nominated); Forty Winks (Royal Court); The Dark, Morphic Respnance (Donmar Warehouse); The Winter’s Tale (RSC); Ashes to Ashes/ Mountain Language (Royal Court, Lincoln Centre NYC); Macbeth, Measure for Measure (Barbican) and most recently Hamlet (also Barbican, Olivier nominated). Film includes: Good and most recently A United Kingdom. Anastasia’s television credits include: The Missing, Not Safe For Work, Getting On, The Tunnel and The Fear (BAFTA nominated).

Anna Madeley makes her Young Vic debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her theatre credits include: Les Blancs (National Theatre); The Turn of the Screw, Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre); The Crucible (Old Vic); Contractions, Ladybirds (Royal Court); The Philanthropists, The Cosmonauts Last Message (Donmar Warehouse); and Private Lives (Music Box Theatre). Her film credits include: Deep Water, The Ones Below, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Strawberry Fields, Brideshead Revisited and In Bruges. For television her credits include: Anne Lister, Secret State, Crossing Lines, The Crown, Virtuoso, Code of a Killer, Utopia and Mr Selfridge.

Jemima Rooper returns to the Young Vic after appearing in A Respectable Wedding in 2007. Other theatre credits include Hand to God (West End), Blithe Spirit (West End and US tour), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Tour, West End & Broadway, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award), All My Sons (West End, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award), Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible, nomination for Best Performer in a Musical), The Power of Yes (National Theatre), Her Naked Skin (National Theatre), The Great Game (Tricycle), Where Do We Live (Royal Court). Her film credits include: Sexlife, One Chance, What If, The Black Dahlia and Kinky Boots. For television: Atlantis, Lost in Austen, As If, Hex, Love in a Cold Climate and The Railway Children.

Matthew Steer makes his Young Vic debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits include: Hamlet (Barbican), The Victorian In The Wall (Royal Court), The Summer House (Gate), Out Of The Blue (Liverpool Everyman) and Britain’s Best Mates (Edinburgh Fringe). Film credits: Urban Hymn, NT Live: Hamlet, Cinderella, SuperBob, Criminal, Leatherbird and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. For television his credits include: Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime, Siblings, Cider With Rosie, Drifters, Crackanory, Count Arthur Strong, Morgana Robinson’s The Agency, Drunk History, Outlander, Utopia, New Tricks, The Cafe, Misfits, The Royal, and Silent Witness.

Joe Hill-Gibbins follows his Measure for Measure with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits at the Young Vic include: The Changeling (The Maria, Main House), The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Respectable Wedding. Joe was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic between 2010 and 2012. Other theatre credits include: Little Revolution (Almeida), Edward II (National Theatre), The Village Bike (Royal Court) and The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court / Drum Theatre Plymouth). His opera credits include: Powder Her Face (ENO).

Internationally acclaimed set designer Johannes Schütz returns to the Young Vic theatre after Three Sisters in 2012. His other theatre credits include: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre), Big and Small (Barbican); On the Chimborazo (Münich Kammerspiele); Mama and the Whore (Schauspielhaus Bochum); Katherine of Heilbronn, Summer Folk (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, In the Greifswald Street (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Schiff Der Träume, Hysteria and Macbeth (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus). Johannes also worked on numerous productions for the Salzburg Festival and Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris. His publications include: Stages 2000-2007 and Johannes Schütz: Models & Interviews 2002-2015. His opera credits include: Orpheus and Eurydice and Ariadne on Naxos, works by Brecht and Schiller in Bochum and Mainz.

The Jerwood Assistant Director working with Joe Hill-Gibbins on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Yaz Al-Shaater. The role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare runs 16 February – 1 April 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins with design and light by Johannes Schütz, costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic with a thrillingly nightmarish take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The dark heart of Titania and Oberon’s domain is explored as Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic’s Main House stage with a bold new production. In a world of grotesque transformations and sexual provocation, repressed conflicts between young lovers and their parents are released. There’s no magic in this place – manipulation leads to complications and desire becomes dangerous.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Casting is still to be announced. Design and light for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is by Johannes Schütz, with costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Joe Hill-Gibbins follows his Measure for Measure with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits at the Young Vic include: The Changeling (The Maria , Main House), The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Respectable Wedding. Joe was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic between 2010 and 2012. Other theatre credits include: Little Revolution (Almeida); Edward II (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); and The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court / Drum Theatre Plymouth). His opera credits include: Powder Her Face (ENO).

Internationally acclaimed set designer Johannes Schütz returns to the Young Vic theatre after Three Sisters in 2012. His other theatre credits include: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre), Big and Small (Barbican); On the Chimborazo (Münich Kammerspiele); Mama and the Whore (Schauspielhaus Bochum); Katherine of HeilbronnSummer Folk (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?In the Greifswald Street (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Schiff Der Träume, Hysteriaand Macbeth (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus). Johannes also worked on numerous productions for the Salzburg Festival and Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris. His publications include: Stages 2000-2007 and Johannes Schütz: Models & Interviews 2002-2015. His opera credits include: Orpheus and Eurydice and Ariadne on Naxos, works by Brecht and Schiller in Bochum and Mainz.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare runs 17 February – 1 April 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins with design and light by Johannes Schütz, costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.