‘The funniest & happiest play Shakespeare ever wrote’
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the best known of the bard’s plays. Written after Romeo and Juliet and before The Merchant of Venice, around 1595, it is ostensibly about the events surrounding the marriage of a Theseus, Duke of Athens to Hippolyta the Queen of the Amazons. Into this ceremonial period come two other pairs of lovers, young, silly and ripe for adventure. Over all this Shakespeare adds an argument between the King and Queen of the fairies, into which the lovers accidentally stray.
Added to this mayhem are a group of tradies, ‘popular mechanicals’ so called, who are rehearsing a short play for the Duke and Queen. The best known of the tradies is ‘Bottom’, an overblown comedic character who fancies he can play every part brilliantly- with hysterically funny results.
Guild Theatre, Rockdale @ 87 Railway Street, Rockdale NSW 2216
Online: Through Guild Theatre Website or phone (from April 24th): 9521 6358