Back in the days of the Bard of Avon, all female roles were played by men and a Midsummer’s Night Dream was no exception.
We have seen renditions of Shakespeare’s classic before and always enjoyed the story of young Hermia, Helena, Demetrius and Lysander struggling with love tribulations while under the spells of mischievous fairy Puck and his potions.
But this time, we were truly delighted to discover the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and their brilliant version of the Shakespeare comedy.
An all-male theatre company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, named after the company the man himself used to write for, were absolutely terrific. Seeing the play in the outdoors with the light gently coming down over Bristol’s Brandon Hill definitely added to the experience.
The evening was packed with laughter from the audience who had brought wine, cheese and sandwiches.
The talented actors were especially great when playing the parts of the troupe of amateur actors chosen to perform at the wedding of the Duke of Athens and Hippolyta. Puck the sprite didn’t disappoint and we greatly enjoyed his gaffes.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream is playing around the UK, so check out the TLCM website to see where you can enjoy an evening of Elizabethan magic and start packing your picnic!