Shakespeare's magical comedy at Lowestoft Marina Theatre
PUBLISHED: 09:40 25 March 2011
Fairies and fun, royalty and romance, magic and misunderstandings: A Midsummer Night's Dream has them all and more. So, little wonder this enchanting play is one of the most popular ever written.
The Bard’s comedy gets a magical transformation from Shakespeare 4 Kidz, whose musical version has proved a huge hit every time it has toured.
This child-friendly adaptation of the play visits the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft on Thursday with shows at 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Who can resist the fabulous story of a Duke marrying his Amazonian queen, two sets of lovers who elope into the woods where the audience finds feuding fairies and a naughty sprite called Puck, whose mismanaged magic causes no end of hilarity?
And not forgetting the group of Athenian workmen rehearsing a play to entertain the royal couple at their wedding celebrations.
Bottom is one of theatre’s funniest roles. Audiences are guaranteed a great laugh when Puck’s prank puts an ass’s head on him and fairy queen Titania wakes up and promptly falls in love with him.
Audiences and reviewers have been loving S4K’s show, which started in September last year.
Noel Andrew Harron’s “outrageously camp Puck” has become a firm favourite with the kids who, says The Stage, “are all clamouring to be his friends by the end of the show”. Sean Luckham’s ebullient Bottom is another big hit.
The Dream is one of six S4K titles, following on from the 2009/10 national and international hit tour of Macbeth.
Every S4K show uses the whole Shakespearean plot, slotting the most famous original lines into modern language so that everyone – even the youngest primary school children – can understand. The script flows so easily that most people don’t realize that approximately 20 per cent of it is in Shakespeare’s own words.
Adults in the audience who have previously been baffled by the Bard will find that they can at last understand what it is all about!
There are also songs, dances and lots of spellbinding effects as the fairies create a world of wonder in the woods.
S4K has plenty of celebrity fans, who sent good luck messages for the tour. Dame Helen Mirren described The Dream as “the Avatar of Shakespeare, with something to be enjoyed by all age groups, a great message and lots of fun and fantasy.”
S4K promise a Dream show for all the family.
So, why not fly away for some fun with the fairies!
l Tickets are available now from the Marina Theatre box office on 01502 533200.