Review Round Up: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Dominic Hill’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy.

(c)Jane Hobson.

Evening Standard: **** “Hill’s masterstroke is to make sure that the darkness never comes at the expense of the play’s levity.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “Eclectic in look and with a diverse cast, Dominic Hill’s hard-working production is very easy to settle into. It begins with a bout of beatboxing, proceeds with characters running around in silly pyjamas, and even finds time for a spot of ventriloquism. Normally, nobody cares about other people’s dreams – but you’ll happily make an exception for Hill, and his wacky re-imagining of Shakespeare’s somnambulant story.”

The Telegraph: **** “It’s to Regents Park you must go if you are after something ostensibly a bit more traditional, although if that sounds like damning with faint praise then that would selling Dominic Hill’s bracingly clear, modern dress production short.”

Time Out: *** “Wokoma plays Bottom with a youthful, uncrushed confidence; her performance feels, fresh, funny and contemporary.”

Broadway World: ***** “All its elements click together to offer a marvellous spectacle of refined emotions and tasteful comedy within an arcane universe that is as alluring as it is unsettling.”

The Guardian: *** “While the tone is too heavy to let humour shine through, it is an impressively unforgiving interpretation, and one that ultimately, and rightfully, favours female voices.”

The Upcoming: ***** “It’s a funny, fruitful and elegant production, and a trip to this spectacle will have audiences zone out of reality and be wowed by the power of storytelling for two hours straight.”

The Metro: **** “Dominic Hill directs a bewitchingly dark version, laced with steampunkish glitter, grime and tattoos.”

The Times: **** “This is an enchantment of a production of Shakespeare’s popular play.”

London Theatre1: **** “This one is hard-hitting in more ways than one, though there are some good costume designs and choreography to enjoy along the way. Here’s a delightful and enjoyable production to feast on – so long, of course, as ever, as the weather stays dry.”

London Box Office: ***** “It is a long night, the performance towards the end of the second half, by the “actors”, of the mishap ridden play within a play, for the benefit of their betters, could really drag it if weren’t for the tight direction and faultless comic timing of these supposed incompetents.”

Please Mind The Blog: **** “It’s perfectly created for an evening performance, getting darker as things get more and more magical, and Ben Ormerod’s lighting design plays a big part here.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream continues to play at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until the 27th July.

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