A year of fabulous Shakespearean theatre continues with a new, irreverent and whip smart take on that crowd-pleasing comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, coming to London’s Southwark Playhouse next month.
Simon Evans directs a cast of seven, led by Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, Hay Fever) and Maddy Hill (‘Enders’ Nancy Carter), in this mischievous retelling of love, enchantment and frolics that runs from May 31-July 1.
Alongside Freddie Fox and Maddy Hill will be Lucy Eaton as Helena / Starveling, Freddie Hutchins as Lysander / Flute, Melanie Fullbrook as Puck, Suzie Preece as Hermia / Snug and Ludovic Hughes as Oberon/Theseus.
This 90 minute version of MND is performed not by the usual 17 actors but, instead, a troupe of seven – promising something altogether different and surprising as farce meets Shakespeare in the most exciting way.
Just when you think you’ve seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream in every possible way it can be done, Go People’s anarchic production will mix it up a bit.
“Mainly because SOMEONE filled in the casting sheet wrong – it takes 17 actors to play all the parts in Midsummer Night’s Dream, not seven which is what we have. Seven – which is 10 fewer than we need. But never mind, the show must go on (and we’ve already paid our deposit) so we’re doing it anyway. With seven actors. Not 17“.
Simon Evans said: “Go People are among the smartest, most talented and tenacious group of actors I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.
“I’ve been an ambassador for them since their inception and watched them grow from a fledgling troupe into a thrilling creative company.
“Our Dream is something very special: the wild, anarchic spirit providing expected comedy and unexpected tenderness to bubble up when you least expect it. With this show I’m proud to do what I can to bring Go People and their unique style into the spotlight they so richly deserve.”