A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Was back at Northern Stage last night to see Watermill Ensemble’s touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While it’s not my favourite Shakespeare – I’m a histories and tragedies girl myself – I’ve seen some great productions over the years. This wouldn’t be in my top 5: it has some bold ideas, uses music and comedy well and the finale was properly laugh out loud, but it was too timid in addressing the problems of the text, and none of the actors had any real chemistry as couples, so meant there felt like little to no emotional investment in their fates. Still, there was more to like than dislike, and if you are happy to sit through a fairly slow first half, the second half brings plenty of laughs. (Review here).

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