A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the famous comic play by the legendary Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare. The play is a classic Shakespearean comedy set over five acts and focuses on themes of love, passion, magic, mistaken identity and even theatre itself. The production is one of the most widely performed of Shakespeare’s back-catalog, and is a very popular choice for outdoor, seasonal productions. See below for information on the current London production of the play.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the fourth instalment in Michael Grandage’s season of five productions at the Noel Coward Theatre. Grandage’s season has received a great deal of press coverage which is largely down to his all star casting. Prior to a Midsummer Night’s Dream Grandage presented Privates on Parade, starring Simon Russell Beal, Peter and Alice starring Dame Judi Dench and the Cripple of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe. Granage’s rendition of the Shakespeare classic is no exception, with the production set to star funny man David Walliams and tv and stage actress Sheridan Smith.
A Midsummer Nights Dream is the first of two Shakespeare productions in the current Grandage season. The show will run from the 7th September to the 16th November 2013.
Check out the official trailer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Titania – Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith is best known for television roles in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Gavin & Stacey and Benidorm. Smith has developed a successful stage career alongside her TV work, with her stage presence taking a priority over the past few years. Smith’s West End ventures have earned her two highly coveted Laurence Olivier Awards.
Shreidan Smith’s recent West End roles have included Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Duke of York’s Theatre, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Savoy and most recently the title role of Hedda Gabbler at the Old Vic Theatre.
Sheridan Smith performed in a previous production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Timothy Sheader at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2008.
Bottom – David Walliams
David Walliams is best known for his acting partnership with Matt Lucas and their original comedy sketch show, Little Britain. Prior to his glory days of Little Britain, David had tried to make it big on the small screen with appearances in The Ant and Dec Show, The League of Gentleman and brief stint in EastEnders.
The role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream marks Walliams’ second outing in the marvelous world of the West End. Walliams made his debut in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2008.
Other cast members include Katherine Kingsley as Helena, Susannah Fielding as Hermia, Stefano Braschi as Demetrius and Sam Swainsbury as Lysander.
Michael Grandage is the Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company, a television and film production company based in London. The five play run at the Noel Coward marks the company’s first ever season of theatre.
Prior to the set up of his own troupe, Grandage was the Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse for a decade (2002-2012) during which time he produced a wealth of theatre productions and began his working relationship with acting legends such as Judy Dench.
Grandage has previously directed a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The 2003 production at the Crucible in Sheffield was largely deemed by critics as a fairly safe interpretation of the Shakespeare classic. 10 years on, will Grandage’s new production be more radical? Only time will tell.