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‘Castle Theatre Company is delighted to announce its 2023 touring production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When a quest for true love is thwarted by a hilarious series of enchantments-gone-wrong from a mystical fairy world, this charming play explores one hysterical night of chaos.


Full of fantasy, romance, and a good deal of mischief, this magical play follows four young lovers as they navigate their own hearts and agendas, running from and chasing one another into the woods against the backdrop of a royal Athenian wedding. Meanwhile, the fairy court has its own agenda, as the capricious monarch Oberon wages war against the powerful Queen Titania with the aid of a playful yet prankish Puck. When this mischievous sprite happens upon a group of mechanicals rehearsing a play for the royal wedding and decides them perfect fodder for his merry plans, these three groups collide under the midsummer moon with chaos, confusion, and just a little bit of magic. 


A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most performed of Shakespeare’s works and one of the most beloved. At its heart it explores the connection between the utterly human and the magical other, and brings fairy-tales and childhood dreaming to mind, appealing to the youth and imagination inside us all. It is a joyful exploration of all it means to desire; be it love, power, fame, or even just the pursuit of joy itself. Stepping into the woods, the stress and control of everyday life can be shed, and a childlike sense of wonder and magic reclaimed.


Shakespeare sets the play in ancient Athens, however the setting morphs into a fairyland of folklore amongst the trees. With inhibitions lowered and a fairy intent on chaos roaming free, wonderfully humorous miscommunications and magic have left audiences in stitches for centuries. Ours is set amongst a more modern English garden party, but the wilderness of the woods is preserved. Look out for duels, enchantment, and even a pair of donkey ears along the way!

Poster design by Joyanne Chan

a midsummer night's dream - Summer Shakespeare Tour 2023

UK Tour - Venues
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Durham Castle

15th-17th June, 14:30

Fellows' Garden, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW

Tickets available now!

Fanman's Farm, Suffolk

8th July, 18:30

Wivenhoe Road Alresford CO7 8AE

Tickets available now!

Farnham Castle, Surrey

9th July, 18:30

Farnham Castle Farnham GU9 0AG

Tickets available now!

Elstow Abbey, Bedford

10th July, 18:30

Elstow Abbey CoE Church, Church End, Elstow, Bedford, MK42 9XT

Tickets available now!

The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells

​11th July, 18:00

Langton Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8XJ

Tickets available from 23/6/22!

Buckingham Literary Festival, Maides Morton

13th July, 18:30

Old Mill House, Maids Moreton MK18 7AR

Tickets available now!

Broughton Castle, Oxford

14th July, 18:30

Broughton Castle, Banbury OX15 5EB
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The Big Sheep, Bideford

15th July, 18:00

Abbotsham Rd, Abbotsham, Bideford EX39 5AP

Tickets available now!

Mapperton House, Dorset

16th July, 14:00 & 18:30

Mapperton Estate, Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3NR

Tickets available now!

Ducks Folly, Isle of Wight

18th July, 18:00

Ducks Folly, Bullen Road, Ryde, IOW, PO33 1QF

Tickets available now!

The Wardrobe, Salisbury

19th July, 18:30

The Rifles Museum, The Wardrobe, 58, The Close,  Salisbury, SP1 2EX

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Childerley, Cambridge

20th July, 18:00

Childerley Gardens Cambridge CB23 8BA

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The Grange Garden, Rottingdean

21st and 22nd July, 19:00

The Grn, Rottingdean, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 7HA

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