NT Live Broadcast – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
Run-time: 3 hours
Adult $15 | Senior $10 | Student $8 | All fees included
Please join us!
Pre-performance reception & lecture entitled “Midsummer-Night Queens,” presented by the McGillicuddy Humanities Center. UMaine professor Caroline Bicks will conduct the lecture about Shakespeare’s magical comedy, which features an abundance of queens, including an off-stage appearance by Elizabeth I herself. Dr. Bicks will discuss the thematic issues that circulate around these formidable females and that inform the play’s larger explorations of love, gender, and power. 6-6:15 reception; 6:15-6:45 lecture; show- 7 p.m. Bodwell Lounge on the 3rd floor of the CCA.
What is NT Live?
National Theatre Live transmits the best of British theatre live from London to screens around the world. The broadcasts are filmed in front of a live audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the theatre to ensure cinema audiences get the best-seat-in-the-house view. Productions are transmitted via satellite to the Collins Center, then projected onto our high-definition screen — one of the largest in the state.