Handspring Puppet Company
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Morris
Puppetry design by Handspring Puppet Company
"Eerily beautiful…irresistibly funny!"
--The Times (London)
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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, 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.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 20
In English. Recommended for age 12 and up.
Performance Timing: Act One - 68 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 78 min.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
- Snug / Puck
Colin Michael Carmichael
- Quince / Peaseblossom
- Snout / Puck / Moth
- Flute / Philostrate / Cobweb
- Hippolyta / Titania
- Theseus / Oberon
- Starveling / Puck / Mustardseed
- Bottom / Egeus
- Lighting Designer
- Sound Designer
- Puppet Conception, Design,
Sculpture, Construction, And Direction
- Puppet Conception And Direction
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Corporate support is provided by Chevron.
Additional support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater,and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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