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The Magical A Midsummer Night's Dream at RSC

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo © RSC.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from Tuesday 30 January – Saturday 30 March 2024. Press night: Tuesday 13 February 2024, 7pm.


On Midsummer’s Night, the real and fairy worlds collide. Four young lovers, faced with the prospect of unhappy marriage or worse, flee the court of Athens and stumble into an enchanted forest. Nearby, a group of amateur actors rehearse a play to celebrate an upcoming royal wedding.

As these mere mortals cross paths with a warring fairy King and Queen, chaos reigns in the natural world. The lines between reality and illusion start to blur and no-one but mischievous Puck knows what is true and what is magic.

Rosie Sheehy plays Puck. Photo © RSC

Let Shakespeare’s captivating comedy transport you from deepest midwinter to the most magical of midsummer nights. Director Eleanor Rhode (King John) returns to the RSC with a Dream that is both epic and intimate, and completely full of wonder.

Making his debut at the RSC is Mathew Baynton who will be playing Bottom. Mathew is known for co-creating, writing and starring as Thomas Thorne in Ghosts (BBC) and soon to be seen as Fickelgruber in the film Wonka.

Mathew Baynton plays Bottom. Photo by Henri T, © RSC.

Mathew Baynton said about the role: “I really couldn't be more excited to be joining the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RSC. I've always wanted to be part of a Shakespeare production and I've been hoping to return to the stage for quite some time too, so to be able to combine those two ambitions in one of the great ensemble comedies is a (midsummer night's) dream come true! Eleanor’s vision for the production sounds magical and Bottom is, of course, an absolute treat of a role, so I can't wait to get started.”

Sirine Saba plays Titania/Hippolyta. Photo © RSC.

Following the critical acclaim of King John (2019), Eleanor Rhode returns to the RSC to direct Mathew in his first on-stage production since 2013. Director, Eleanor Rhode said about the casting: “I’m thrilled to be returning to the RSC to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a play that made a big impact on me from a young age, and I’m excited to share it with a new generation of theatre-goers. Mathew Baynton is going to be an incredible Bottom - I've loved his work for years, and so it’s a real joy to be able to collaborate with him on bringing this magical play to life.”

Bally Gill plays Oberon/Theseus. Photo © RSC.

The production will feature Design by Lucy Osborne, Illusion Direction and Design by John Bulleid, Lighting by Matt Daw, Music by Will Gregory, Sound by Pete Malkin, Movement by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Video by Nina Dunn and Fights and Intimacy by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown, with Casting by Matthew Dewsbury.

Be sure to look at the RSC website for details of pre-show and after-show events where the audience get to hear from the cast and creatives about the production.

For more information visit: Or for the Box Office: 01789 331111



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