Full casting has been confirmed for Tatty Hennessy’s production touring London’s private squares and gardens from June.

As You Like it 2018. (c) James Millar Photography.

Shakespeare in the Squares has announced the casting for its upcoming production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, touring London’s private squares and gardens from the 19th June.

Directed by Tatty Hennessy, the production is set to star: Gemma Barnett (Hermia/Snug/Fairy), Paul Giddings (Theseus/Oberon/Quince), Jodie Jacobs(Bottom/Egeus), Sioned Jones (Hippolyta/Titania), David Leopold (Lysander/Starveling), Riad Ritchie (Demetrius/Snout), Hannah Sinclair Robinson(Helena/Flute) and James Tobin (Puck/Philostrate).

Shakespeare’s wild play of love and magic is transplanted to 1920s Britain, a country bruised by battle and economic hardship where our lovers chafe against the constraints and conventions of an older generation and seek to find freedom in the forest. There they stumble upon a riotous world untouched by time, still revelling in illusion. Moonlight suffuses this drama, bringing romance and a touch of madness – even in an oppressive world, all manner of things can happen under cover of night.

The dates and locations that the production will visit are as follows:

Wednesday 19 June                        Leinster Square, W2

Thursday 20 June                            St James’s Gardens, W11

Friday 21 June                                   Norland Square, W11

Saturday 22 June                            Queen’s Park, NW6

Sunday 23 June                                 Camden Square, NW1      

Tuesday 25 June                               Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens, W11 2EP

Wednesday 26 June                        Paulton’s Square, SW3

Thursday 27 June                             St James’s Square, SW1

Friday 28 June                                   Paddington Street, W1 (3pm matinee)

                                                           Paddington Street W1 (7pm evening)

Saturday 29 June                             Little Wormwood Scrubs Park, W10

Sunday 30 June                                 Ladbroke Square Gardens, W11

Tuesday 2 July                                   Cornwall Gardens, SW7

Wednesday 3 July                            Connaught Square, W2

Thursday 4 July                                 Elgin and Arundel Gardens, W11

Friday 5 July                                       Bedford Square, WC1 (part of the Bedford Square Festival)

Saturday 6 July                                  St Peter’s Square, W6

Sunday 7 July                                     The Courtyard at le Gothique, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Wandsworth, SW18

Tuesday 9 July                                   The Courtyard at le Gothique, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Wandsworth, SW18 (7pm evening)

Wednesday 10 July                          Formosa Garden, W9. (NB GARDEN)

Thursday 11 July                               Cleveland Square, W2

Shakespeare in the Squares was formed in 2016 by Sue Fletcher and Martin Neild to tailor Shakespeare’s plays to the individual garden squares, and the company works with the garden committees and other local organisations to create a unique community celebration around the play. The company’s previous productions include As You Like ItRomeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will tour London’s squares and gardens from the 19th June. For more information visit: http://www.shakespeareinthesquares.co.uk/2019-a-midsummer-nights-dream


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