“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, staged by Chester Theatre Club

The curtain is set rise on a magical, lively and humorous production of one Shakespeare’s best known plays.

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, staged by Chester Theatre Club opens at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester on Saturday 14 November, with subsequent performances nightly on Monday 16 to Saturday 21 November at 7.30 pm. 

The play, directed for Chester Theatre Club by Jane Barth portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals), who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Speaking about  the challanges of producing one of Shakespeare’s most well known plays for a 21st Century audience, the play’s director Jane Barth said “We have a wonderfully talented Cast and Crew who have produced what we hope will be a lively and entertaining staging of one of Shakespeare’s most famous works.  It will concentrate not only on the humour and farce of Shakespeare’s great comedy, but also the darker side of conflict and – nearly-thwarted – love. Shakespeare wrote the play soon after Romeo and Juliet and similar themes are clear to see, namely the desire of young people to establish their own choice in life, but also showing how more mature people can make mistakes.”

All tickets are £9.00 with concession price of £7.50 for seniors, students and unemployed on first Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings only.  For further details go to www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk where tickets can be booked online  or telephone TicketSource 0333 666 3366. (Booking charges apply.)

submitted by Paul Crofts

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