A Midsummer Night's Dream re-imagined for everyone aged six and over (2008)

William Shakespeare

Under a new Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader, the Open Air Theatre began a commitment to families to provide work for a younger audiences. The Re-imagined series of adaptations, began in 2007 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. This tale of magic and mischief was a perfect choice as it was already synonymous with the Park. Dominic Leclerc's take on the classic play used Shakespeare’s original language and text, and was rich in physical humour. Deemed 'a charming and engaging introduction to Shakespeare and theatre-going' (Time Out), it marked the beginning of a new focus at the Park.

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Reviews

Time Out

"It pulls off the difficult trick of adding enough slapstick and tickle for the kids without losing the plot... Laura Donnelly's excellent Hermia wheels and inclines herself stiffly like a dainty toy from a Russian music box... A charming and engaging introduction to Shakespeare and theatre-going."

Financial Times

"A good, clear and funny production... the cast's clarity of diction and bright, open performances make for a vivacious show."

The Stage

"Superville gives an appealing, forceful and outrageous performance as Bottom... an innovative and thoughtful production."