The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh presents
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTâ€™S DREAM
byÂ William Shakespeare
directed by Matthew Lenton
Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh 19 October â€“ 17 NovemberÂ 2012
Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true…
â€˜The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.’
Unrequited and unwanted love abounds in possibly the most magical of Shakespeare’s comedies. Four young Athenian lovers flee to the forest where they fall foul of the manipulations of fairies. Oberon, King of the Fairies, Titania, his Queen, and fantastical sprite, Puck, conjure a series of increasingly funny complications as the mortals try to find true love with the right partners.
Directed by Matthew Lenton, this promises to be a bold and inventive new production Â full of romance, enchantment, the glory of human folly and the power of nature.
Matthew LentonÂ is the celebrated founder and artistic director of Vanishing Point. Â In 2010, Matthew was chosen to be the first British director of theÂ Ecole des Maitres, a European director-led theatre laboratory previously associated with Jerzy Grotowsky, Peter Stein, EmuntasNekrosias and Jan Fabre.Â MatthewÂ recently directed his first film,Â Boy, for Touchpaper Television and Channel 4.
Recent Vanishing Point productions includeÂ WonderlandÂ (Edinburgh International Festival/Napoli Teatro Festival Italia/Tramway),Â Â Saturday Night, (a co-production with Teatro Nacional Sao Joao (Porto), Teatro Sao Luis (Lisbon),Â Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimaraes) and Tramway (Glasgow),Â The Beggarâ€™s OperaÂ (a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre in EdinburghÂ Â and the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry); Â Interiors, (a co-production with Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Traverse Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith);Â Little OtikÂ (a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland) andÂ Subway, (commissioned by The Lyric Hammersmith, London),
Other recent work includesÂ The Legend of Captain Crowâ€™s Teeth forÂ the Unicorn Theatre in London andÂ HomeÂ for the National Theatre of Scotland. Matthew works regularly as a visiting director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, developing work with acting students and most recently,Â directingÂ DraculaÂ by Liz Lochhead.
Working with such an exciting director, the cast featuresÂ Ifan Meredith,Â FlÃ¡via GusmÃ£o ,Cath Whitefield, Roisin Gallagher,Â Anneika Rose, Miles Yekinni, Kevin Mains, Jordan Young, Barnaby Power,Â Â Fraser Sivewright, Grant Oâ€™Rourke , Neil Thomas and Paul Cunningham
Performances: 19 October â€“ 17 NovemberÂ 2012
Previews : Friday 19 and Saturday 20 OctoberÂ All tickets Â£7.50
Evenings: Tuesday â€“ Saturday at 7.45pm
Matinees: 24, 27, 31 October and 3, 7, 10 and 14 November at 2.30pm
Booking: Â 0131 248 4848/www.lyceum.org.uk/dream
Evening performances (full price): Â£14.50- Â£29
Matinee Performances: Wednesday and Saturday Matinees Â£16/Concessions: Â£2 off full price for all Tuesday â€“ Friday shows
Under 18s: Sat Evenings Â£15/Tuesday â€“ Friday evenings and Sat Matinees Â£10/Wednesday matinees Â£5
School Groups: Â£8 (stalls & grand circle) Â£7(upper circle) Sat Matinees â€“ all seats Â£7/ Wed Matinees Â£5
One teacher FREE with every ten pupils.
Registered unemployed:Â Tuesday – Friday evenings all seats Â£10Â Wednesday Matinees all seats Â£5 TuesdayÂ – Thursday Â£1 Stalls tickets available on the day (max 20 per show, stalls only). ID required
Students/people with disabilities : Sat evenings Â£15 / Tues-Fri eve and Sat matinees Â£10 /Wed matinees Â£5
Groups and Schools â€“ Call 0131 248 4949
School Discounts: Wednesday matinees Â£5/Tuesday â€“ Thursday evenings Â£8.50 (Stalls),Â£7.50 (Upper Circle)/Friday/Saturday evenings Â£15 and Saturday matinees Â£10/One teacher FREE with every 10 pupils
Groupsâ€™ discounts for 8 or more people: Evenings: Stalls/Grand Circle Â£5 off and Upper Circle Â£3 off full price tickets plus one FREE ticket for every 20 paid for/Matinees: Â£3 off full price tickets plus one FREE ticket for every 20 paid for.
EVENTS AND ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE
Wednesday 24 October at 10.30am
Post-show Discussion with members of the cast
Tuesday 30 October, after performance
Matinee Discussion Group
Wednesday 31 October, after matinee
Touch Tours for the visually impaired
Thursday 1 November at 6.15pm
Saturday 3 November at 1pm
Thursday 1 November at 7.45pm
Saturday 3 November at 2.30pm
BSL Interpreted Performance
Wednesday 7 November at 7.45pm
Saturday 10 November at 2.30pm