On the eve of a royal wedding, two lovers elope and find themselves in a mysterious moonlit forest.
They are not alone, followed from the city by an estranged friend and a rival. But the two couples have stumbled into a war of words and magic between the King and Queen of the faerie realm, and unknowingly, they are caught in the middle of it. To make matters worse, a troupe of bumbling amateur actors have decided that the forest is the best place to rehearse their play. So Puck, the mischievous supernatural servant of the faerie King, sees the chance for a little fun at these foolish mortals’ expense.
And as the characters and plots begin to intertwine, the stage is set for an enchanting combination of sorcery and slapstick humour, love and laugh out loud comedy.
Fall under the spell this summer…
2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and to mark this date, the RSC have chosen ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as their ‘ A play for the nation’ – with performances up and down the land, in professional/amateur collaborations.
We last performed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Saturday 10th August 1996, to an audience of almost 650 people on the gently sloping shoreline of beautiful Bewl Water, near Tunbridge Wells. Our biggest ever single night’s audience was a testimony to the enduring popularity of what many regard as Shakespeare’s finest play. It’s certainly his funniest, and boasts a number of his most famous and lyrical speeches. Arguably the most unashamedly joyous play in the English language, we’re delighted to revisit it again with a new cast (well, mostly) and a new interpretation.
Showing in the OPEN AIR in the grounds of the Coulsdon Manor Hotel
The play takes place on licenced premises by kind permission of the Coulsdon Manor Hotel and Golf Club, a Bespoke Hotel. A bar serving hot and cold drinks and a barbecue will be available from 6.45pm on all performance dates, so with respect to our hosts, we ask you not to bring your own food and drink for consumption on the premises.
Audience seating is on grass, so we recommend for your comfort that you bring your own rug, blanket, cushion or garden chair. Do please also bring warm clothing for later in the evening.