Shakespeare in the Squares today announces its annual production – this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – which will play across London, opening up the city’s glorious private squares and gardens. Directed by Tatty Hennessy, the production runs from 19 June to 11 July.
Shakespeare’s wild play of love and magic is transplanted to 1920s Britain, a country bruised by battle and economic hardship where our lovers chafe against the constraints and conventions of an older generation and seek to find freedom in the forest. There they stumble upon a riotous world untouched by time, still reveling in illusion. Moonlight suffuses this drama, bringing romance and a touch of madness – even in an oppressive world, all manner of things can happen under cover of night.
Sue Fletcher and Martin Neild, founders of Shakespeare in the Squares, said today, “We have been waiting to produce A Midsummer Night’s Dream since starting Shakespeare in the Squares four years ago, it is a story so well suited to the beautiful gardens and parks we visit. This well-loved play is often performed, and we wanted to be sure we could offer a fresh perspective. So when Tatty shared her unique vision of magic, madness and circus, we knew the time had come to bring it to life in London’s squares and gardens both familiar and new.”
Founded by Sue Fletcher and Martin Neild in 2016, Shakespeare in the Squares is a not-for-profit touring theatre company that stages a Shakespeare play across London squares and parks every summer. The productions are tailored to the individual garden squares, and the company works with the garden committees and other local organisations to create a unique community celebration around the play. The company aims to provide a showcase for talented young theatre practitioners and to introduce audiences to the stars of the future. The company’s previous productions include As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing which performed to sell-out audiences.