Bristol Old Vic in association with
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)
Watch a preview of the show.
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