Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream

NEW PRODUCTION
Supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle

Festival Theatre

Edinburgh

Tue 31 Mar to Sat 4 Apr

On Sale Soon

Theatre Royal

Glasgow

Tue 21 Apr to Sat 25 Apr

On Sale Soon

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, returns to Scottish Opera to bring his Shakespearean expertise to bear once more.

Joined by designer Tom Piper, famed for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London, he promises to enchant and entertain with Britten’s beguiling work. Four lovers lost in the woods, fairies, magic, comedy and more – all come together in an otherworldly blend of imagination and reality.

‘Britten’s wonderful music has always captivated me, plunging us into the mysterious, unnerving world of sleep and dreams.’ Dominic Hill

The music is some of Britten’s most atmospheric. With a staggering range of instrumental colours that brings to life fairies, lovers and rustics – as well as the wood itself – it is intense, heady, and packed with standout vocal writing. The cast of talent-to-watch includes David Shipley, recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen, a winner of Denmark’s Reumert Talent prize, alongside soprano Jennifer France (Anthropocene 2019) and Scottish tenor and BBC broadcaster Jamie MacDougall (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018). Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Running time approx. 3 hrs 15 mins

 

ALSO: Look out for Hermia's Nightmare, a new work from Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli, exploring the scenes from the play that Britten cut. Performed in the foyer before each performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream – more info coming soon! 

Listen

Listen to a taster of the music from A Midsummer Night's Dream on Spotify.

Cast & Creative Team

Bottom
David Shipley

Oberon
Morten Grove Frandsen

Tytania
Jennifer France

Demetrius
Michel de Souza

Helena
Charlie Drummond*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Hermia
Clare Presland

Snout
Jamie MacDougall

Flute
William Morgan

Snug
Dingle Yandell

Starveling
Mark Nathan*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Theseus
Trevor Eliot Bowes

Hippolyta
Victoria Simmonds

Conductor
Stuart Stratford

Director
Dominic Hill

Set & Costume Designer
Tom Piper

Lighting Designer
Lizzie Powell

Movement Director
Kally Lloyd-Jones

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
31 Mar • 2 • 4 Apr 2020, 7.15pm

Theatre Royal Glasgow
21 • 23 • 25 Apr 2020, 7.15pm

Priority subscription booking opens Mon 15 Apr
Friends individual opera booking opens 
Mon 22 Apr 
Public sales open 
Mon 29 Apr

Access

If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Edinburgh
Sat 4 Apr, 6pm

Glasgow
Sat 25 Apr, 6pm

Audio Described

Edinburgh
Sat 4 Apr, 7.15pm

Glasgow
Sat 25 Apr, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Opera Unwrapped

Edinburgh
Wed 1 Apr, 6pm

Glasgow
Wed 22 Apr, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Edinburgh
Sat 4 Apr, 6pm

Glasgow
Sat 25 Apr, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.