A Midsummer Night's Dream at London Coliseum tickets
A Midsummer Night's Dream at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Robert Carsen’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been entrancing audiences across the globe since its first performance in 1995. The spellbinding dreamscapes of Britten’s stunning supernatural odyssey returns to the West End in March 2018 as part of ENO’s exciting season of revivals at the London Coliseum across 2017–2018.

Shakespeare's iconic story follows a group of covetous lovers on their journey into the midst of an enchanted woodland, where their fraught affairs of the heart become entangled with the supernatural dealings of the mischievous fairy folk.

This timeless tale of mistaken identities and strange transformations takes on a glorious new manifestation in Carsen’s mesmerising production which explores the boundaries of reality and dreams, whilst examining sexual desire through the lens of the supernatural world.

Britten’s composition utilizes a stunning score of sliding strings that perfectly evokes the strange and magical woodland realm. Combined with a beguiling orchestral sensibility the melodies of the piece promise to entice and charm any audience.

The exceptional cast features five outstanding ENO Harewood Artists. Leading the ensemble is Soraya Mafi, recently returned from her performance as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, who makes her debut as the fairy queen Titania.

Alongside her is counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie as Oberon, with the roles of the lovers filled by quartet of rising stars, inculding Eleanor Dennis as Helena, Clare Presland as Hermia, David Webb as Lysander, and Matthew Durkan as Demetrius.

Conducting the piece will be Alexander Soddy, who makes his exciting ENO debut. The magical woodland landscapes will be designed by Michael Levine, with lighting design by Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet.

This immersive and enchanting production plays for a limited run at the London Coliseum from the 1st to 15th March 2018.

Recommended for

Shakespeare fans will adore the stunning score within Britten’s composition which uplifts the iconic tale to new magical heights.

Age Recommendations: No Children Under 5 years

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours
Opened: 01 Mar 2018
Booking from: 15 Mar 2018
Booking until: 15 Mar 2018

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

6 Reviews Add review

As my first opera experience I really enjoyed it, though having the captions certainly did help. I loved the show and would be happy... More

bethm3 5'4", 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The staging was very clever and most of the acting and singing was excellent. Oddly Oberon was barely audible, so without being able... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 34 reviews, 1 helpful vote

While my favourite classical version of the Dream is still Mendelssohn's incidental music (sentimental as it may be), Britten's Dream... More

Jarv 174 cm, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Nice set. Love the elves.

naomijameson 5'8", 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great production, much enjoyed.

victoriagutierrez 168, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

First act is in 2 scenes and lasted an interminable 1hr 45 mins. I was bored, so must both the man in front of me and the woman 3... More

jeanettemartin 5' 3", 52 reviews, 1 helpful vote