A Midsummer Night’s Dream

midsummer night's dream

“Eerily beautiful… irresistibly funny”The Times

In their first collaboration since the internationally acclaimed War Horse, Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director Tom Morris and Cape Town’s Handspring Puppet Company reunite for an inventive new take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of love triangles, fairies, and kings. In this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the story focuses on transformation, survival, and song, where a belief in the mystical presence of fairies isn’t superstition, but a magic lore encoded in the routines of a community living on the edge. Thanks to visionary staging and the genius of Handspring, the Bard’s young lovers are sometimes human and sometimes puppets, the mischievous Puck takes a different form every time he appears, and workshop tools, wooden blocks, and other found objects come to life.

“In this Midsummer, it’s not just the lovers, foes and fairies who are spellbound. Trees, objects and tools all pulse and tingle with the possibility of existence in a future primitive world where, thanks to the magic of Handspring Puppet Company alongside a brilliant company of actors, all objects are granted the right to life.” Artsmerson


Producer: Bristol Old Vic in Association with Handspring Puppet Company
Director: Tom Morris
Co-commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA
Designed by Vicki Mortimer