This Autumn, The Guild Theatre is proudly presenting a limited season of Shakespeare's most fanciful and magical comedy - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tickets are now on sale for this lavish family-friendly production.
One of William Shakespeare's most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream will draw you into a mysterious world of fairyland - deep in a woodland clearing and where you'll go back to a time of legend and mythology, where anything is possible and nothing is it what it seems.
Director, Susan Stapleton's own dream of staging this magical Shakespearean classic goes back to her years of studying The Bard at University, including a course at Cambridge in England. It's the personal quality of Shakespeare's work that fascinates Susan. "He can be very cheeky and bawdy yet as a poet he frames his ideas in such beautiful imagery that you can't help but see into the human soul. The fact that this insight is over 400 years old makes it all the more intriguing. I feel that all my experience both onstage and offstage has been leading to this production and I'm so excited" Susan says.
It has been nearly 40 years since The Guild Theatre has staged a Shakespearean play as one of its main productions, so it is no surprise that they are very excited to welcome Mr Shakespeare's most accessible, funny and witty comedies to their stage.
The way Shakespeare is presented is crucial to the acceptance of all audience members who may not be familiar with his works. The energy and playfulness of these characters must come to life to reflect the humorously absurd situations and flights of mythological fantasy that arise throughout the play and The Guild Theatre believe this is what they have captured.
The superb costumes have been coordinated and created by a team headed by the inimitable Leone Sharp whose eye for period, as well as spectacle, is truly amazing.
The cast consists of both the young and more senior members of the Guild Theatre, beginning with Terry Neenan playing Snout, who has trodden the boards both backstage and onstage for over 4 decades. Other veterans of the Guild Theatre are Kathy Goddard as Starveling and Catherine Waters as Quince.
Newer members who have already made their mark in previous productions are Maxine Solari as Pease-blossom and 'first fairy' who made her debut in The Rose Tattoo along with Brendan Dallow, who plays Egeus and Snug. Kim Jones, who plays Hermia, was Willa Mae Wilcox in A Bad Year For Tomatoes. Donna Randall played Gretchen in Boeing Boeing along with Rosemary Ghazi who played Gabriella. Other members who are making their debut after appearing in Members Night and Christmas Show productions are Russell Godwin as Bottom and Jennifer Tansey as Mustard-seed.
The newest members are Haki Pepo Olu Crisden as Theseus/Oberon, Dimitri Armatas as Lysander, Rachael Howard as Helena, Douglas Spafford as Demetrius and Calib James as Flute.
Don't miss A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come along and get swept up in an atmosphere of rousing medieval music, mysterious and moody sets and elaborately costumed performers.
Tickets are now on sale. The season runs from May 18 to June 9 2018 and a handful of sessions are already sold out.
Secure your tickets today at www.guildtheatre.com.au