Dream casts its magic

Midsummer Night's Dream PNL-140814-112007001
Midsummer Night's Dream PNL-140814-112007001

Stage and screen stars Janie Dee and Aiden Gillet are playing fairy lovers in The Globe’s spectacular production of Midsummer Night’s Dream which comes the Waterside Theatre down the A41 in Aylesbury next month.

It’s a rare opportunity to see the romcom which is only playing at two English venues before heading abroad for a tour of the Far East.

The production is a reworking of the Dominic Dromgoole award-winning 2013 production and plays at The Waterside from September 10-14.

MND is being run-in at The Rose, Kingston and Waterside then heading to China, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dee and Gillet play warring fairy royalty, Titania and Oberon, who are at the centre of a tangled night of mischief and love.

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia.

When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the middle of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

The production is played in full rennaissance costume and is designed by Jonathan Fensom. Music is composed by Claire van Kampen.

Double Olivier Award-winner, Janie Dee last appeared in a Globe production in 2011 as the Countess of Roussillon in John Dove’s production of All’s Well that Ends Well.

She is a West End regular and has recently appeared in Noises Off, Blithe Spirit and Putting it Together.

Aden Gillet recently starred as Sir Colenso Ridgeoin in George Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma at the National Theatre.

He is known for his role as Jack Maddox in the BBC TV series The House of Eliott, as well as for his extensive career in film, including The Revolt, Shadow of the Vampire and The Borrowers.

Also appearing in the production are Jamie Chandler, Philip Correia, Beatriz Romilly and Lizzy Watts as the younger lovers, and Trevor Fox as Bottom.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of The Globe, has directed 16 productions, most recently Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi and the Globe to Globe Hamlet, a touring production that will visit every country in the world between April 2014 and 2016.

MND tickets are now on sale. Call 0844 871 7607.