The nation's favourite Shakespeare play, performed as never before.

A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK.

In 2016, the RSC and amateur companies around the UK had very special Midsummer adventure with a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.

Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman directed 18 professional actors with local amateur groups around the UK as Shakespeare’s Mechanicals. Returning to the RSC was Ayesha Dharker in the role of Fairy Queen Titania and Chu Omambala as Oberon, King of the Fairies. Also joining the Company were Laura Riseborough as Helena, Mercy Ojelade as Hermia, Jack Holden as Lysander and Chris Nayak as Demetrius.


Jamie Cameron - Fairy
Lila Clements - Fairy
Ayesha Dharker - Titania
Lucy Ellinson - Puck
Ben Goffe - Company
Aimee Gray - Fairy
Peter Hamilton Dyer - Egeus
Laura Harding - Hippolyta
Jack Holden - Lysander
Mari Izzard - Fairy
Chris Nayak - Demetrius
Mercy Ojelade - Hermia
Chu Omambala - Oberon
Sam Redford - Theseus
Laura Riseborough - Helena
Alex Tomkins - Fairy
Jon Trenchard - Philostrate 

Creative team

Erica Whyman - Director
Tom Piper - Designer
Charles Balfour - Lighting
Sam Kenyon - Music
Andrew Franks - Sound
Sophie Ivatts - Associate Director
Kimberley Sykes - Associate Director
Siân Williams - Movement

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