Shakespeare does sci-fi as comic Dream returns to Lyric Hammersmith

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Images Keith Pattison
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Images Keith Pattison

Shakespeare’s tale of warring fairies and enchanted young lovers is given a irreverent and eccentric twist – as only the Lyric Hammersmith knows how – for a revival of its acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream arriving, during the depths of winter, later this month.

Co-Directed by Sean Holmes and Stef O’Driscoll, the Lyric Hammersmith & Filter Theatre co-production sees the return of stars Jonathan Broadbent, Ed Gaughan, John Lightbody, Victoria Moseley and Ferdy Roberts alongside newbees Hammed Animashaun, Andrew Buckley, Clare Dunne and Cat Simmons.

Following the production’s critically acclaimed run in 2012 at the Lyric Hammersmith, this riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays returns for four weeks only.

Lyric Hammersmith production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM by William Shakespeare Created by Filter Directed by Sean Holmes Designed by Hyemi Shin, winner of the Linbury Prize Lighting by Oliver Fenwick Sound design and original music by Tom Haines and Chris Branch

Be prepared for a night of laugh-out-loud comedy where outrageous liberties are taken with one of the Bard’s most popular stories. Experimental, absurd, and very silly, it won over the normally cynical national critics on its last outing and is likely to do the same again in 2016.

Jonathan Broadbent’s theatre credits for the Lyric include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ghost Stories and Three Sisters. Other theatre credits include Queen Anne, Love for Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC); My Night with Reg (Apollo/Donmar Warehouse); Grand Guignol (Southwark Playhouse); Hamlet (Rose Theatre); Damned by Despair and Peter Pan (National Theatre).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from February 19 – March 19.

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