People’s Company are bringing a modern-day version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream back to the people of Southwark. 

The Company seeks to revive the classic comedy with a contemporary and groundbreaking version of Shakespeare’s classic play. This version sees a sixties flower-power theme defying gender, race, age and cultural barriers, with a cast that reflects modern-day London. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic story about love, deceit, relationships and power struggles set in a half human, half fairy world filled with magic and mystery. This contemporary version is removed from the classic Athens backdrop and is set in the New Aylesbury Estate, Southwark in the psychedelic and swinging 1960s. Original music has been commissioned for the exuberant production that employs physical theatre and innovative staging. 

John Whelan, artistic director for People’s Company, says of the production, ‘I love The Dream as it’s my favourite comedy written by Shakespeare! I feel honoured and it’s great to be bringing him home to Southwark – the site of the Globe – with our open-air performance. The two parks offer a perfect setting to bring the play into the magical forest as they both offer a fantastic green lung in the heart of our amazing community. Stylistically, we have really played with the production and made it contemporary, as I believe classics such as The Dream are done at their best when you allow people to connect to it through a modern lens.’

People’s Company is a community-based theatre company that provides a free platform for the people of Southwark to be able to express themselves creatively through the medium of theatre. The company meets every Tuesday at the Southwark Playhouse from 7-9pm where new writing, devising, and classical text is explored in a fun and creative way. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream touring dates: 

Burgess Park – Chumleigh Gardens SE5 0RG 19th and 20th of July 7-9.30pm. Admission: £10, £8.

Elephant Park – Elephant Road SE17 1UB, 26th and 27th of July 7-9.30pm. Admission: Free

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