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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bell Shakespeare | SEASON 2024

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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By William Shakespeare. Directed by Peter Evans.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.

Love is in the air in Athens – and it’s contagious. Besides the royal wedding, which is just days away, there are young lovers dreaming of enchanted futures together. Hermia and Lysander are besotted with one another, while Helena adores Demetrius. The only snag is that Demetrius loves Hermia – and he’s got Hermia’s father on his side. So nobody is happy. (Shakespeare wasn’t kidding when he said the course of true love never did run smooth.)

Determined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in a moonlit forest with plans to elope. Following hot on their heels is Demetrius, who in turn is pursued by a lovelorn Helena. But the young lovers are not alone in the forest. Nick Bottom and his hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play to be performed at the royal wedding. And, hidden from human eyes, a mischievous sprinkling of faeries are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy.

This production is quick as a shadow. Fast and funny, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined.


  • Puck Ella Prince
  • Hermia/Snug Ahunim Abebe
  • Helena/Starveling Isabel Burton
  • Demetrius/Snout Mike Howlett
  • Bottom/Egeus Matu Ngaropo
  • Theseus/Oberon/Flute Richard Pyros
  • Titania/Hippolyta/Quince Imogen Sage
  • Lysander/Mechanical Laurence Young
  • Meredith Cohn Understudy: Helena, Hermia, Puck and Titania
  • Tom Matthews Understudy: Oberon, Lysander, Demetrius and Bottom


  • By William Shakspeare
  • Director Peter Evans
  • Design Teresa Negroponte
  • Lighting and Design Benjamin Cisterne
  • Sound and Composition Max Lyandvert
  • Cast Ella Prince, Mike Howlett, Kyle Morrison, Imogen Sage and Laurence Young

Bell Shakespeare is assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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Ticket prices

  • Full Price $69
  • Senior $62
  • Concession $62
  • Group (10 or more) $59
  • Student $62
  • Child U/16 $59


The Story House

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130 minutes with a 20 minute interval.

Act 1 | 55mins

Intermission | 20mins

Act 2 | 55mins


The 5:00pm performance on Sunday 26 May is an AUSLAN Interpreted performance.


The 5:00pm performance on Sunday 26 May includes a post show Q&A.