In less than two weeks, SHAKE Festival will be hosting its third online performance. SHAKE is a Shakespeare Festival, which was first conceived at The Cut art centre in Halesworth, Suffolk in the United Kingdom back in 2019. As a result of the pandemic, SHAKE has moved to creating online plays, which have been produced and directed by Creative Director Jenny Hall.
On March 31, a talented group of actors will be virtually gathering for an online reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play will be led by Dan Stevens as Oberon/Theseus and Rebecca Hall as Titania/Hippolyta. Stevens and Hall previously starred opposite one another in the 2017 romantic comedy Permission.
Other cast members will include:
“Luisa Omielan plays Bottom the Weaver, Robert Hands plays Peter Quince and Wendy Morgan plays Puck. Mark Quartley (recently Ariel in the RSC production of ‘The Tempest’ starring Simon Russell Beale) plays Snout/Wall, and Joseph Blatchley plays Starvelling/Moonshine. East Anglian locals may recognise the names of Malachy King, Daisy Martineau and Phoebe Martineau who play fairies, as well Tim Fitzhigham (Flute/Thisby), Ed Hughes who plays Snug/Lion and Richard Blaine who plays Philostrate. Mia Lakha (Prince of Egypt in the West-End) and her sister Lana Lakha make up the singing fairies in Titania’s train. The four Lovers are Daniel Bowerbank, Mairead Tyers, Barnaby Taylor and Louis Rudnicki, and Egeus is played by David Sibley.“
Tickets for the performance, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. BST on March 31, are now available for £10 per household.
A link to view the online performance will be automatically sent to ticket holders in the days leading up to the show. The live performance can viewed worldwide.