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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By India Nye 

Shakespeare’s words play second fiddle to the crazy humour that is Lyric and Hammersmith’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A hilarious portrayal of the famous Shakespearian play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes what some would consider a lengthy, dialogue-heavy play and makes it fun and light-hearted. Time flies by as you watch the events unfold in front of you.

The play utilises a live band to their advantage not only to play up-beat music which fits with the tone of the play but also adding extra special effects that add an extra level to the humour. The musicians themselves do not just fade into the background but join in with action that’s happening on stage, feeling like a community at work to immerse the audience within the story. 

The characterisation is brilliant as the actors add their own personal twist to the classic characters, George Fouracres especially adds a twist to his character of the director of the Mechanical Troupe, Quince. He uses a lot of improv during his scenes and when improv does come up, its executed so well and in character that you aren’t sure whether it’s scripted or on the spot. 

The performance itself is very quirky and out there but balanced perfectly so nothing feels out of place from other elements. The portrayal of King Oberon (Harry Jardine), is specifically a quirky character, dressed in an all-in-one leotard, silver cape and fanny pack which is a complete juxtaposition to the averagely dressed Bottom and Mechanical troupe yet despite this contrast it blends together well.

This show is hilarious and perfect for lovers of Shakespeare and lovers of comedy, targeted towards a slightly older audience, 14+, it is a must see! It is on at the Northcott Theatre until the 12thof May.