An opera singer, towering puppets, ballerinas and a performing dog…anything is possible when Russia’s most ingeniously creative director stages Shakespeare.
Dmitry Krymov defies theatrical convention to conceive spectacles of scale, invention and wonder. He follows his summer presentation of Opus No 7 with this glorious retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The action focuses on the 'rude mechanicals', amateur actors attempting to perform the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe for an audience of restless dignitaries. Feats of physicality abound as the troupe struggles with its depiction of the ill-fated lovers – played here by figures standing five-metres-tall. Amid the mayhem, though, moments of real and moving grandeur equally captivate.
'Dmitry Krymov latest theatrical experiment is dynamic, inspired and absurdly funny' What's On Stage ★★★★★
'Mercurial, ingenious, deceptively daft – and unexpectedly poignant' Financial Times ★★★★
'Infused with joy and a teetering sense of anarchy' Guardian ★★★★
1 hour 30 mins/no interval
Age guidance 12+
Performed in Russian with English surtitles
This production contains a live dog
Directed by Dmitry Krymov
Design by Vera Martynova
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This event is part of:
Theatre & Dance
Presented by the Barbican in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company
A Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Dmitry Krymov’s Laboratory and Theatre School of Dramatic Art production
Originally commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival, which was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival