Get ready for a fiesta like no other as our ★★★★ (The Times, The Stage) raucous 2019 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns with piñatas, streamers, glitter and a cacophony of brass for our Summer 2021 season.
Four love-drunk teens, escaped from the confines of an oppressive regime, caught in a dispute of increasingly magical proportions. A posse of wannabe actors, determined to put on a play against the odds. The Fairy Queen and King at war, and one wild spirit hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible.
What could possibly go wrong?
Our joyful explosion of vivid chaos welcomes you back to our wooden ‘O’ with direction by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes and music from Jim Fortune, performed by members of the Hackney Colliery Band.
It's all undeniably bonkers but it works
The Globe’s version is certainly boisterous but it doesn’t do the text justice
This is pantomime Shakespeare, to entertain rather than provoke
A psychedelic spectacle that fails to enchant
It's lovely to look at, but Sean Holmes's psychedelic production uses spectacle to mask the lack of direction
It’s not subtle, but Sean Holmes’s exuberant staging works well as a welcome back party
Cacophonous and colourful
Goody-bag props, party-hatted fairies and a donkey-shaped piñata sweeten the bard’s dark comedy in a revival of Sean Holmes’s vibrant 2019 production