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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Royal Shakespeare Company

A person in a suit has a pair of glowing antlers above their head while standing against a red and green background.

Experience a ‘ravishing fusion of flamboyancy and fun’ (Guardian) as this smash-hit sell-out production transfers to London to brighten up your winter. 

With Mathew Baynton (Ghosts, Horrible Histories) as Bottom, this hilarious production of Shakespeare’s captivating comedy will transport you from deepest midwinter to the most magical of midsummer nights. As four young lovers are faced with the prospect of unhappy marriage or worse, they flee the court of Athens and stumble into an enchanted forest, where the real and fairy worlds collide.

Director Eleanor Rhode returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company with a ‘joyous’ (Times) Dream that is magical, mischievous and full of wonder.

Running time: approx 2 hrs 30 mins (including 20 min interval)

This production includes creative audio description, which is performed live and in character by the cast, at every performance from press night. Audiences can access audio description and an additional soundscape through headsets.

For more information about the themes and content of this play see our content advisory page.

Audio description
This production features creative audio description on all performances from Wed 11 Dec onwards. 

Touch tours
Sat 21 Dec (11.30am-12 midday), Sat 28 Dec (11.30am-12midday), Sat 4 Jan (11.30am-12 midday), Sat 11 Jan (11.30am-12 midday) and Fri 17 Jan (5.15pm-5.45pm). 

Captioned performances
Sat 21 Dec, 1.30pm
Sat 18 Jan, 1.30pm

Relaxed performance
Sat 11 Jan, 1.30pm


Members and Members Plus can enjoy 10% off tickets when booking for both The Buddha of Suburbia and A Midsummer Night's Dream in the same transaction. Tickets much be purchased on or before Tue 9 Jul.

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Family rate
Up to two half price tickets with every full price paying adult. Valid on all performances except Saturday evenings. Subject to availability. 

Groups of 10+
£49.50 for Monday–Thursday performances (excluding the top two price bands). Subject to availability. 

Schools, Colleges and Universities
£25 tickets on Monday–Thursday performances. Subject to availability. 

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Audio described


‘ A ravishing fusion of flamboyancy, surrealism and raucous fun‘
‘There were times I found myself struggling to breathe through laughter ‘
‘Mathew Baynton, of Horrible Histories and Ghosts fame, is fantastic in the role of Bottom. A joy from start to finish.‘
‘Joyous entertainment delivered by a crack ensemble‘


Audio description
This production features creative audio description in every performance from Thu 12 Dec. 

Touch tours
Sat 21 Dec,11.30am-12 midday
Sat 28 Dec, 11.30am-12midday
Sat 4 Jan, 11.30am-12 midday
Sat 11 Jan, 11.30am-12 midday
Fri 17 Jan, 5.15pm-5.45pm

Captioned performances
Sat 21 Dec, 1.30pm
Sat 18 Jan, 1.30pm

Relaxed performance
Sat 11 Jan, 1.30pm

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