Shakespeare’s enchanting love story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, gets a reboot with rock ‘n’ roll in a new production set in 1950s Britain which opens at The Courtyard Theatre, North London, this week.
The Rose Bridge Theatre Company pitches the story into the summer of 1958 and an English country village where a mix of folk and morris dancing, rock n’roll and jive spreads magic and mischief.
The lord and lady of the manor, Theseus and Hippolyta, are celebrating with the village am-dram society, headed by one Mr Bottom, who are preparing their latest theatrical piece.
Having had enough of cucumber sandwiches and tea dances, young sweethearts, Hermia and Lysander, steal away to the forest, closely pursued by their admirers, Helena and Demetrius.
Their adventure is closely watched by the forest’s mystical inhabitants; Oberon, Titania, and their band of fairies, who use their powers for good and ill, resulting in an enchanted night of misconception, and mayhem.
Featuring live music from a team of actor musicians, Rose Bridge transports one of Shakespeare’s most popular works to the age of rock ‘n’ roll, when youth shook off the shackles of post war austerity and their music shouted loud.
The production, directed by Adam Morris, runs at The Courtyard Theatre, Pitfield Street, from tomorrow until September 7.