A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Locations

19 beautiful outdoor venues

Performances

21 performances

Tickets

6,000 tickets sold

Year

2019

Our 2019 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was set in pre-war 1920s Britain. The tour lasted just over three weeks and was a huge success.

Photographs by James Millar

Reception

Critical Acclaim

‘Without doubt one of the finest productions of the Dream that I’ve ever seen – pacey, funny, poignant, magical, uplifting. It showcased the original spirit of the play but at the same time was completely modern and familiar.’

– Professor Emerita Penny Gay, Bedford Square Festival

‘Sparkly, intelligent and laugh-out-loud hilarious. The acting is exceptional across the board. I cannot recommend the production highly enough.’

– Theatre Weekly

‘Glorious – magical madcap mayhem.’

– Fairy-Powered Productions

‘This setting could have been made for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Tatty Hennessy born to direct it. The casting is a triumph of talent logistics and the aesthetics of burlesque and 1920s music hall a fine fit.’

– The Spy in the Stalls

‘Hennessy breathes new contemporary meaning into the play: you can watch it so many times, it’s always different. Highly recommended for the whole family, outdoor theatre lovers and of course Shakespeare fans.’

– Pocket-Sized Theatre

‘Charming and quaint, a joyous display of love, magic and Shakespeare’s gorgeous language. This version is sure to transport mortal audiences to a unique world.’

– Broadway World

‘A breezy, easygoing Dream that finds new jokes in pleasingly unexpected places.’

– The Stage

‘You can’t get any more summery than this production: Shakespeare in the Squares returns in all its glory. Stunning costumes, and the cast performs strongly across the board.’

– Theatre Bubble

‘Bewitching – revelry, romance and trickery’

– Stylist

‘So well-conceived and acted, beautifully choreographed, musically adept, wittily designed and altogether satisfying and uplifting. We came away with a spring in our step and full of good cheer.’

– Roland Phillips, Leinster Square

‘A thoroughly charming and funny production – the audience said it all with their response.’

– Michael Harper, Camden Square

‘So vigorous and gutsy! And the children’s reaction was astonishing. Bravo!’

– Annabel Rowe, Camden Square

‘The merriment and mayhem that was Pyramus and Thisbe – what a hoot! The versatility of the cast was extraordinary, musicians and thespians both. This is a must-see production, 5 stars.’

– Debra and Toyin Okitikpi, Queen’s Park

‘A very clever adaptation of the play, superb performances, very good fun music and dance – and costumes to die for.’

– Tim Hely Hutchinson, Arundel & Ladbroke Gardens

‘Exquisitely funny – so uplifting in its unseriousness.’

– Donald McFarlane, Arundel & Ladbroke Gardens

‘An evening of sheer delight, with a brilliant and versatile cast and lots of humour. What alchemy do you deploy for such a top quality result?’

– Ruth Spellman, St James’s Square

‘Spontaneity, liveliness, music and singing, sense of fun, good diction, clarity in direction and involvement of the audience; I loved it.’

– David Kewley, Paddington Street Gardens

‘Universal praise – a very versatile and talented cast; a great success.’

– Jeremy Franks, Ladbroke Square

‘Overwhelming enthusiasm for this superbly creative and imaginative production. It lifted the audience’s spirits beyond imagination.’

– Alan Lester, Cornwall Gardens

Actors

Cast

Gemma Barnett

Hermia/Snug/Fairy

Gemma trained at Oxford School of Drama, First Class Hons Drama, University of East Anglia.

Stage Credits include Rory in A Hundred Words For Snow (Trafalgar Studios), Lola in Lola (The Vaults), Cinderella in Cinderella: A Wicked Mother Of A Night Out (Not Too Tame Theatre), Beatrice in Foxing (Pint Sized), Rory in A Hundred Words For Snow (The Vaults), 1 in Flog (Camden People’s Theatre), Charlie in Roosting (Park Theatre), Kelly in Oil And Matter (The Bunker), Billie in Cousins (Soho Theatre), Heavenly in Spring Storm (The North Wall).

Film Credits include Elsa in Versions Of Us (Short Film, Lizzy Mansfield), Jess in Night Shift (Short Film, Dylan Brown).

Other Credits: Billie in The Noble Nine (Rehearsed Reading, NW Productions, Kelly in Oil And Matter (Rehearsed Reading, The Bunker).

Paul Giddings

Theseus/Oberon/Quince

Paul trained at The Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include Time and Tide (Park Theatre), People Like Us (Union Theatre), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Rose Theatre and UK Tour), My Night with Reg (Apollo Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Handbagged (UK Tour), The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary UK Tour), The Woman In White (UK Tour), Besame Mucho (Charing Cross Theatre), 1000 Polar Bears On A Beach In Kent (Southwark Playhouse), Spitting Image (King’s Head Theatre), The Audience (Kenneth More Theatre), Superman and Me (King’s Head Theatre), Entertaining Mr Orton (Arcola Theatre), Clench (Greenwich Theatre), Be Civil, Disobey (Lost Theatre), The Philanthropist (Rehearsed Reading, Donmar Warehouse), The Darkest Part of The Night (Rehearsed Reading,Tricycle Theatre).

Film and TV credits include Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Rise Of The Krays, Cassette, Larry Grayson: Shut That Door, Wedding Day Winners, Top Of The Pops Saturday and two series of CBBC’s Stitch Up!

Jodie Jacobs

Bottom/Egeus

Theatre Credits Include Unexpected Joy (Southwark Playhouse), Dick Whittington (Lyric Hammersmith), As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Squares), Myth (The Other Palace), Bananaman (Southwark Playhouse), Lizzie (London and Denmark – Off West End Award nomination and West End Wilma Award nomination), Disaster – The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), Oliver (Grange Park Opera), Carrie (Southwark Playhouse), Rock of Ages (Original West End Cast – Broadway World Award for Best Supporting Actress), Footloose (UK and Ireland Tour), The Wedding Singer (UK and Ireland Tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre – West End), Fame (Aldwych Theatre – West End), Evita (Adelphi Theatre – West End), Little Shop of Horrors (The Duke of York’s Theatre – West End) and several others.

TV and audio Credits Include Talk Sport, The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network) and Drop Zone (BBC).

Sioned Jones

Hippolyta/Titania

Sioned trained at Exeter University & Webber Douglas.

Theatre credits include 13, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Oedipus, Never So Good, (for the NT), A Woman of No Importance (Vaudeville), Lettice & Lovage (Menier), Shakespeare In Love (Coward), Shadowlands (Novello & Wydnhams), The Letter (Wyndhams), Glorious! (Duchess) and Tolstoy (Aldwych). Henry VI (Wales Millenium Centre) Monumental (GridIron, Citz), The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me (Birmingham Old Rep), Bury The Dead, The Killing of Sister George, Macbeth (Lithuania), Love on the Tracks, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Five shows as Madame Charlotte-Anne Arcati, Portmanteau (Kathmandu), 101 Dalmations, Have A Nice Life, Cheeky Chappie, Pippin, The Wild Party, Moby Dick.

Tv & film credits include Cadfael – The Potter’s Field, Family Affairs, The Bill, Happy Now? Flamenco Fever, Madharasapattinam, Cleanskins, Accountable and Dark Signal.

David Leopold

Lysander/Starveling

David trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. On graduating, David was selected for the Graduate Actors Scheme at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Recently he appeared in the Offie Winning Bury The Hatchet (Hope Theatre.)

Theatre credits include Late Company (Trafalgar Studios/ Finborough Theatre); Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre); Muted (The Bunker Theatre); Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre); Little Sure Shot (The Egg Theatre, Bath); Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Polar Bears (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Film Credits include The Angel.

Riad Richie

Demetrius/Snout

Riad trained at East 15: Specialising in Stage Combat & Physical Theatre.

Theatre credits include The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens (Unicorn Theatre)Timon of Athens, Tartuffe, Tamburlaine (Royal Shakespeare Company); Macbeth, Frankenstein (Ovalhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Royal Bath); Mark and the Marked, Getting there, Passenger (Box clever); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tower of London).

Special Action/Stunts: Lead fencer, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella; Combat, Adam Randall’s iBoy; Combat, Jesse V Johnson’s Accident Man.

Hannah Sinclair Robinson

Helena/Flute

Hannah trained at East 15 Acting School.

Theatre credits include Mandela, Water, Bread And Salt (Tangle International), Annette, Timoth (Joyous Guard), B, Border Control (Hack Theatre), Sister 3, Shy Tory, Benvolio, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare In The Squares), Alice Stokes Paul, Atrophy (We Are Who We Are), Zenith, Bloke (Riot Act), Woman 2, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Exit Stage Left), Julia, A State of Silence (DoubleSpeak Theatre Company), Marcia, A Mouthful Of Birds (Bath Spa Live), Crimson Child, A Year And A Day (Cohesion Theatre Company), Kent, King Lear: 1864 Trail Of Tears (Full Tilt Theatre Company), Creature Of The Theatre/Clown, Nights At The Circus (Tinted Glass Theatre Production).

Film & television credits include Eastenders, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Kiler Cop, Urban Decay.

James Tobin

Puck/Philostrate

James Tobin trained at LAMDA.

Theatre credits includes The Snow Queen, Finding Peter (Theatre N16), Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV I, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors(Merely Theatre), Pyramus and Thisbe, MATES, The Wall (Rift Theatre), Valley of the Weird (Vaults), No Allergens (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch). Workshops: The Unreturning (Anna Jordan), MASC (Dragonflies Theatre). Film includes: After BUTT (Ian Giles). Television includes: Isles of Wonder: 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

James spent 2018 developing a Drag act called Nat West. Nat has performed at the Glory, Mighty Hoopla, the National Theatre, Hackney Empire and was very excited to be a finalist at the Glory’s LIPSYNC1000.

On Next

2021 Production

The Tempest

Summer 2021. Dates and venues to be announced

Tickets to be released in 2021

Previous Years

Past Productions

A Midsummer Night's Dream

2019

As You Like It

2018

Romeo & Juliet

2017

Much Ado About Nothing

2016