A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Malcolm X Community Centre

Key Information
  • Dates Wed 01 Mar 2023 - Fri 03 Mar 2023
  • Location Malcolm X Community Centre
  • Tickets

    £16 Pay It Forward
    £12 Full Price
    £10 Open Concession
    £8.50 Schools Rate

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Chesterton
Set Designer Vyshnavi Krishnan
Costume Designer Abigail Manard

Mischief, magic, lovers and fools. Enjoy twice the fun this spring with two of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies reimagined for new audiences.

Set beneath a glittering, ethereal surface you will find Shakespeare’s dazzling play transformed into a macabre Edwardian fable from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. As night falls our slumbering players are swept up in an otherworldly experience, left to navigate fairy enchantments, lovers’ quarrels and patriarchal norms.

Through teasing, tyranny and trickery, familial ties become fraught and fractured; and with the early Suffrage movement creeping into the subconscious, it seems impossible to find a resolution by sunrise. This visionary and moralistic take on Shakespeare’s playful comedy – brimming with its original dramatic poetry – will entice audiences this spring at the Malcolm X Community Centre.

Suitable for ages 11+


Titania/Hyppolita Hafsah Godsil
Oberon/Theseus Oliver Hatfield
Puck Martha Maloney & Callum Burns
Hermia Shaniya Hira
Helena Molly Hanly
Demetrius Che Tligui
Lysander Jesse Dunbar
Peter Quince Mira Edirisingha
Egeus/Flute Thomas Donnan
Philostrate/Starveling-Moon/Fairy Niamh Keller
Fairy/Snug-Lion Laura Banks
Bottom Sol Taibi

Creative & Technical

Director Paul Chesterton*
Set Designer Vyshnavi Krishnan
Costume Designer Abigail Manard
Sound Designer Jude Fullwood
Lighting Designer Muir McFadden
Composer Roisin McCay-Hines
Musical Director Jonathan Grosberg*
Fight Coordinator Jonathan Howell*
Movement Coordinator Joêl Daniel*
Intimacy Coordinator Clare Fox*
Assistant Directors Phoebe Kemp & Roisin McCay-Hines
Voice & Dialect Coach Joe Leat*
Production Manger Maisy Harbert
Production Supervisor Lisa Darcy*
Stage Manager Katrina-Summer Richards
Deputy Stage Manager Lydia Morgan
Assistant Stage Manager Chris Stuckey
Lighting Operator Emily South
Sound Operator Jude Fullwood
Prop Supervisor Jess Manley
Construction Manager Lewis Bamford
Construction Assistants Ziva Bucer, Jocelyn Chen, Jacob Clear, Tommy Károlyi, Lisa Viel-Vigneron
Costume Supervisor Eleanor Duncan
Costume Makers Charly Riddett, Angelica Robinson, Ruth Ferns-Duncan
Costume Assistants/Dressers Joanne Kenney, Kimberly White
Costume Assistants Bessy Mo, Laysa Purohit, Rosie Gayner, Ava Rowen Harker
Costume Supervision Support Sam Pine†
Hair and Makeup Support Daphne Croker Saunders†

* BOVTS Staff Member
† Visiting Professional

Venue Accessibility

The venue is fully accessible to wheelchair users, including an accessible toilet. For further details please click here.

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