Open-air at Knepp Castle Estate
On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.
Directed by Martin Hutson, designed by Philip Whitcomb and choreographed by Charlotte Broom, this new production made especially for the Horsham District Year of Culture will enthrall and delight whether you’re Shakespeare fans or not.
Martin says: “It’s a joy to work on such a brilliant play in such extraordinary surroundings. Shakespeare originally wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed at a country house (which is exactly what we’re doing), as a wedding celebration (which will be the theme of our production) and he set it on Midsummer’s Eve (which is our opening night). I don’t think our audiences will ever experience the play in more perfect and beautiful circumstances. I’m thrilled to give people the opportunity to sit on the Knepp Estate, under the stars, during the Summer Solstice and watch one of the funniest Shakespearean Comedies of all time.”