4 November 2011 – 1 April 2012
Paccar Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a new photographic exhibition by acclaimed artist Tom Hunter, inspired by Shakespeare's play and the paintings of Romantic artist Henry Fuseli.
Hunter's contemporary reworking of the play is set in Hackney, East London, where the artist lives and works, and features local people and communities including samba dancers, pearly kings and queens, a thrash metal band and a pole dancer.
Taking key moments from the play, Hunter has distilled Shakespeare's work into a series of images which weave together contemporary city life with that of the celebrated tale of love and illusion.
Tom Hunter has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and was the first artist to have a photography show at the National Gallery in London.