About the show
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 forShakespeare 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