A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Shakespeare’s most magical comedy presented as part of the Durham Shakespeare Festival and the Durham Fringe Festival 2023

Conceived with Durham University and the Durham Fringe Festival as a way to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the First Folio edition of his works, the Durham Shakespeare Festival presented Macbeth with A Midsummer Night’s Dream using the same company of 13 actors.

Rehearsed side by side by two different directors over three weeks, they were performed in different venues across Durham County and in the heart of Durham City itself, capturing the range and versatility of the world’s greatest playwright.

Performed at: the Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham, Bishop Auckland Town Hall & Palace Green, Durham.

 CAST (in alphabetical order):

Michael Blair – Snug

Steve Byron – Egeus, Quince

Heather Carroll – Hermia

Alexander Arran Cowan – Snout

Alice Faith – Puck & Philostrate

Jake Jarratt – Flute

Elaine MacNicol – Helena

Luke Maddison – Bottom

Hannah Ellis Ryan – Hippolyta & Titania

Danny Solomon – Theseus & Oberon

Ben Storey – Lysander

Alex Townson – Starveling

Ben Welford – Demetrius


Directed by Daniel Bradford

Costumes by Anna Hayward,  Emily Waller and Carrie Cheung

Lighting by Jessica Brigham

Sound by Paul Barnes

Stage Management by Caitlin Mills and Christy Robinson

Tech support by Andrew Glassford

PR by Rusby Media

Supported by Durham University, Durham County Council and the English Association