Date: Saturday 19 July 2014
Location: The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Free of charge, just turn up
HMS Victory has anchored in the Bay of Athens for a recreational visit. Theseus, the ruler of the city, is to be married in four days' time, and great celebrations are planned. The “jolly jack tars” from the ship become involved in the festivities and merriment; complications and comedy follow. The action takes place in the grounds of the ruler's palatial residence, where fantastical situations draw in everyone from the opulently-attired courtiers to the coarsely-dressed craftsmen – with mischievous fairies complicating things still further.
Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus to ensure she marries him; she is given four days to choose between him, life as a nun, or a death sentence. She defies her father and escapes with Lysander into the forest, followed by Demetrius and then Helena.
Meanwhile, the craftsmen rehearse a very amateur play elsewhere in the forest, but all the mortals in the forest are soon affected by the spells of Oberon and Titania, the sparring king and queen of the fairies. As Puck, one of the fairies, says, love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end?
About the Royal Navy Theatre Association
The RNTA exists to enhance the confidence, team-working and leadership qualities of service and civilian personnel through the medium of drama and to foster good relationships between those from different backgrounds relating to the Service.
The cast and crew of this production have embraced this ethos and I am delighted to see serving Naval personnel working alongside civil servants, those who have recently retired from the wider Naval Service and their families.