Bell Shakespeare today announced the cast for the upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, travelling to over 20 venues across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and ACT between March and June next year, with more venues to be announced. The production will tour to venues that it didn’t reach in 2021 after disruptions due to COVID lockdowns and border closures, offering audiences in these states and territories a second chance to see the fast, funny and family-friendly reimagining of this perennial favourite.
Directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, the production takes Shakespeare’s classic comedy and gives it new life, brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem. Presented in Sydney for the first time, the season will open at the Sydney Opera House from 2 – 30 March, before travelling to far corners across the country including Melbourne, Canberra, Orange, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Wagga Wagga and Margaret River.
Making her mainstage debut, Ahunim Abebe will perform as Hermia, alongside Isabel Burton (Helena), Mike Howlett (Demetrius) and Laurence Young (Lysander). Returning cast members include Ella Prince (Puck), Kyle Morrison (Oberon/Theseus/Flute) and Imogen Sage (Titania/Hippolyta/Quince).
Peter Evans, Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare :
I’m delighted we’re able to give this production a second chance after we sadly had to cancel many of the dates in 2021. Our cast and crew went through quarantine but only made it to the Northern Territory and Queensland due to border closures and lockdowns elsewhere, so we’re focusing on the states and territories we missed out on to give audiences an opportunity to see it. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is very special to me, and whether you are revisiting an old friend in this play or are brand new to Shakespeare, it is a play to treasure.
Evans focuses on the play within the play, looking at the illusion of theatre and performance itself, with the assistance of Movement Director Nigel Poulton. A highly physical production with eight actors playing multiple parts, audiences will be taken on a whirlwind journey.
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