Based on Shakespeare’s popular comedy, Britten’s opera follows the consequences of a falling-out between the fairy-king Oberon and his queen, Tytania. Mistaken identities, confused lovers and alarming transformations are the result.
Returning to ENO, Robert Carsen’s production explores the blurred relationships between reality and dreams, the natural and supernatural, and sexual desire.
From the sliding string chords of the magic wood to the rustics’ well-intentioned entertainment, Britten’s ear for beguiling orchestration and melodic invention will enchant and entice you. Lose yourself in this magical play within plays with tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at lastminute.com.
Leading the cast as Oberon and Tytania are counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie and soprano Soraya Mafi. The roles of the lovers are taken by a quartet of rising stars – Eleanor Dennis as Helena, Clare Presland as Hermia, David Webb as Lysander, and Matthew Durkan as Demetrius. Young British conductor Alexander Soddy makes his ENO debut.
Previous A Midsummer Night’s Dream reviews at the Coliseum have called it ‘a show that's so much fun’ (The Guardian) and remarked that ‘the piece casts a powerful spell.’ (The Stage). Don’t miss your chance to see the Shakespeare classic with cheap A Midsummer Night’s Dream tickets from us.
This acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream opera with music by Benjamin Britten first premiered in 1960 as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. It was performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1961 and has since become one of the most frequently performed operas written since the Second World War.
You can see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the London Coliseum in St. Martin's Lane. Also known as the Coliseum Theatre, it opened in 1904 and was the only theatre in Europe with lifts to the upper levels. The first theatre in England to have a triple revolving stage, it also has the widest proscenium arch in London and was one of the first to have electric lighting. The lavish venue retains many of its original features and was given a Grade II listing by English Heritage in September 1960.
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The show’s full running time is approximately three hours.
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Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage.
Not suitable for children under the age of 5 years.