One of the most beloved events on the Summer social calendar, The Australian Shakespeare Company proudly brings Melbourne audiences a new take of the timeless classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Botanic Gardens from 21 December 2017.
Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius and Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia’s father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor and enlists the aid of The Duke of Athens to enforce his wishes upon his daughter.
According to the law, Hermia is given four days to choose between Demetrius, life in a nunnery, or a death sentence. Hermia chooses to escape with Lysander into the surrounding forest. This is when complications arise….
Cherished by young and old alike, this new imagining by Artistic Director Glenn Elston once again marries performance with nature in the stunning surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens. “This season we’re presenting a fresh new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with an exciting cast and some hilarious new takes on the story,” says Elston.
“Our productions are a unique opportunity to enjoy these stories in a beautiful, natural environment. To not be confined inside a theatre makes for a joyful and relaxed atmosphere that enhances the whole experience. People are at ease with the combination of art and nature and readily go along on the journey.”
Elston has assembled a stellar cast including Benson Jack Anthony, Ash Flanders, Anna Burgess, Kevin Hopkins, James Biasetto, Lizzie Brennan and Maddie Somers.
The Australian Shakespeare Company is an undisputed part of the fabric of Summer in Melbourne. Having delighted tens of thousands of people, this summer event is widely acknowledged as one of the most unique events of the season. Watching as the Sun goes down and the Stars come out, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is twilight theatre at its best.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Southern Cross Lawn – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Season: 21 December 2017 – 3 March 2018
Information and Bookings: www.dreamunderthestars.com.au
Image: courtesy The Australian Shakespeare Company