Step into the dreamlike world of Theseus, Hyppolyta and Puck as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Kingston.
The Bard’s dazzling fantasy comedy comes to the Rose Theatre for three days next month, before embarking on an international tour.
The Globe has just announced double Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee will be starring as Queen of the Fairies Titania, alongside Aden Gillet as Oberon.
The production, employing Renaissance costumes and staging, will be directed by Dominic Dromgoole, who will be collaborating with designer Jonathan Fensom and composer Claire van Kampen for the 10th time.
Rose executive producer Jerry Gunn says: “The Rose has a classical Shakespearian stage, as has the Globe, and because of this the two spaces share some physical similarities, so it makes sense to try to show their great work to a Kingston audience.
“We’re always keen to bring high-quality Shakespearian productions to the Rose that will resonate with our audience and Shakespeare’s Globe’s is wonderful, fun and a very accessible company.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a title that continues to be popular at Kingston and, when we heard the Globe were planning an international tour, we were very keen to have it in our programme before it left our shores.
“We are delighted that both Janie Dee and Aden Gillett are bringing this very popular and successful title to the Rose.”
Dee last appeared on the Globe stage in 2011 as the Countess of Roussillon in John Dove’s production of All’s Well that Ends Well.
Meanwhile Gillet, best known for his long-running role as Jack Maddox in the BBC TV series The House of Eliott, recently starred as Sir Colenso Ridgeoin in George Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma, and won best actor at the 2012 Off West End Stage Awards for his performance in Accolade.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rose Theatre, High Street, Kingston
Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7 (Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday 1pm and 6.30pm); £26, £23, £19.50 (16 to 26s and students £5 on Friday)