A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012)

2 June – 5 September

by William Shakespeare

In our 2012 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, director Matthew Dunster collaborated with designer Jon Bausor to create a big fat gypsy retelling of Shakespeare's comedic tale. This 'original and inventive re-imagining' (Daily Express) featured a score of original music, with the production celebrating the fusion between Bausor’s ‘show-stealing set’ (Daily Telegraph) and the theatre’s unique outdoor setting. Many of the cast members were also noted for their performances, namely George Bukhari as Bottom and Rebecca Oldfield as Helena, who was described as ‘a true comic talent’ (Daily Telegraph).
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012)
photo: Johan Persson

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The Times

"HIGHLY ORIGINAL" “George Bukhari is...among my all-time favourite Bottoms, vaingloriously idiotic and hyperactive” "with all the patriarchy, rebellion larkiness and trickery done full tilt”

Evening Standard

“It won’t be what the tourists were expecting BUT THEY'LL BE GLAD THEY CAME”


“There’s nothing conventional about Matthew Dunster’s production...and all the better for it.” “the patriarchal code of traveller culture provides a THEMATICALLY RICH framework for Shakespeare’s play of youthful rebellion and sexual awakening”


"this is one of the most imaginative renderings of the play you'll ever come across”

Daily Express

"an ORIGINAL and INVENTIVE re-imagining”

Daily Telegraph

“Few have envisioned Shakespeare’s natural unity with reality TV. Until now...thanks to Matthew Dunster’s clever touches, and a show-stealing set from designer Jon Bausor” "This exceptional space has been transformed into A WORLD YOU'D NEVER IMAGINED"

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