A Midsummer Night's Dream

“The course of true love never did run smooth...”

Four young lovers escape the sharp Athenian law of their elders by eloping into the forest outside the city. Unfortunately they stumble into civil war in fairyland, where King Oberon and Queen Titania fight over possession of a beautiful young Indian "changeling" boy. The appearance of the "rude mechanicals", a group of Athenian workers, including the weaver Nick Bottom, compounds the confusion. Amongst these unlikely groups glides Puck, armed with a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. How could anything possibly go awry?

After recent successes including Welcome to Terezin, Bartholomew Fair and last year’s Orwell Season of Animal Farm and 1984, Act One tackles what is arguably one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.

Whilst remaining true to Shakespeare's celebrated text, this playful production transcends traditional gender roles, with the part of Lysander being played by a female actor.  Modern day Athens sets the scene for the human world, while the forest scenes are situated in the 1920s.


The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre: Act One presents

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Lucy Betts



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Mill Studio



UNDER 18s £10

Ticket prices include 50p Restoration Levy and 50p Booking Fee


PLEASE NOTE: For this production tickets are sold as general admission, seats are not allocated.


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