Award winning Iris Theatre today announce the full cast and creative team for A Midsummer Night’s Dream led by rising star director Sara Aniqah Malik.
Sara’s recent credits include Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse 2020-2022, Associate Director for The 47th (Old Vic) and recipient of the Michael Grandage Award 2019.
She directs a talented cast including Ailsa Joy as Puck, Ricky Oakley as Demetrius, Zena Carswell as Helena, Freddy Elletson as Lysander, Richard Holt as Bottom, Melissa Parker as Hermia and Isambard Rawbone as Oberon.
Performed at Iris Theatre’s Summer Festival at the Actors’ Church in the heart of Covent Garden, the production opens on 5 July, with previews from 29 June, and runs until 13 August. Now in its 14th year, Iris Theatre’s summer season has become a critically-acclaimed, award-winning part of the theatrical calendar, welcoming thousands of people to the Actors’ Church. Escape the hustle and bustle, take in the beautiful grounds of the Actors’ Church, and enjoy a drink at The Bard, a new pop-up bar designed specifically for this fantastic new adaptation.
Following a two year break from its traditional programming, Iris Theatre is returning to producing outdoor, promenade Shakespeare with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was originally scheduled for 2020
Bertie Watkins said today – We’re really excited to be bringing Shakespeare back to the Actors’ Church, after a two year break from our traditional programming. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the first production Iris Theatre ever staged at the Church, and we’re delighted the amazing Sara Aniqah Malik is joining us as Director, to revisit this family favourite, and put such a dynamic, exciting spin on the classic text. It will still be the Midsummer you know and love, but in a fresh, vibrant new approach that is perfect for families and Shakespeare lovers alike.
I’m thrilled to be leading Iris Theatre into its next chapter as one of the leading outdoor theatre companies, in the heart of the West End. We’re looking forward to providing accessible, inexpensive entertainment for families this Summer, that celebrates the work of early career artists. I’m also looking forward to opening The Bard, our new pop-up bar in the grounds of The Actors’ Church, that will be a mainstay this Summer – bring on the Pimms!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs 29 June – 13 August. Tickets are on sale here.