Welcome to our Live Lesson page for A Midsummer Night's Dream



The Live Lesson was streamed on Thursday 14 March at 10.30am. 

Working with actors from our recent production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this Live Lesson focused on the characters of Puck and Moth, looking at extracts from Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 5 Scene 1.  

The Live Lesson explored how the actors and director approached these scenes in rehearsals, how they unlocked language and explored a variety of performing choices. 

Thank you for participating in our Live Lesson. We would be grateful if you could complete a short survey on the Live Lesson in order to help us improve future events. 

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Click and download the following two edited extracts which are used in the Live Lesson. 

Act 2, Scene 1 Extract     Act 5, Scene 1 Extract

About the production

The lesson is linked to the 2024 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Eleanor Rhode. Eleanor has previously directed a production of King John at the RSC. She has directed theatre for over a decade, with a particular focus on new writing and making work that transcends stylistic boundaries.

This production presents a multi-sensory experience that brings the magical elements of Shakespeare’s play to life in an 80s/90s world. A creative audio description is performed live by actors in an offstage sound booth and fed straight to the audience via earphones, whilst a fast-paced mix of lights, colour, sound and magic contrasts the ‘fairy world’ with the buttoned-up black and white court of Athens. It is a production that challenges how we each experience the world differently, yet can celebrate it together.

Find out more

See some production images below. 


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