On 9th August I found my way to the Bridge Theatre to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was desperate to see this play, mainly due to Gwendoline Christie’s casting, and I’m so glad I got to go before it closed.
I was interested in this play partially due to the theatre. Having seen a live broadcast of last year’s Julius Caesar and being fascinated by the immersive tickets, I was determined to experience it myself. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get an immersive ticket for this performance, but after seeing this play I am wanting to do it with another show but glad I was seated.
The show was amazing. I felt like the immersive experience works really well with this specific play and this performance cemented how well Shakespeare works in an immersive performance. There is a sharp, electric energy to this play and this is reflected throughout. I left feeling like a spell had been put over me too. I enjoyed that this play was performed in the round, however, it did mean that we saw a lot of the performers backs, or that performers blocked other performers.
While I went specifically for Gwendoline Christie, the rest of the cast were also incredible. Hammed Animashaun who played Bottom was hilarious and a real star, and David Moorst who plays Puck was perfect. I’m looking forward to seeing these two in other plays in the future.
My main gripe with the play was about timings. There is a 20 minute interval which honestly I didn’t think was needed, as the break takes you out of the immersive experience somewhat. Furthermore, the play then overran for a good 15 minutes. I just felt that if there hadn’t been an interval the overrunning wouldn’t have been such an issue and the atmosphere would not have changed in the second half.
Magical and mystical, this is a definite must see. The show closes on 31st August, and I would really recommend going. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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