One of the UK’s most thrilling theatre companies, Propeller makes its first-ever visit to Bath in a not-to-be-missed revival of one of its best-loved productions, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Edward Hall’s all-male company bring their unique and atmospheric performance to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 19th November to Saturday 23rd November as part of a nationwide tour.
Love and illusion collide when two pairs of lovers become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a Royal Wedding. Dreams and reality become interchangeable and romantic chaos ensues. Fresh, funny and beautifully lyrical, Propeller’s multi award-winning production of Shakespeare’s most magical play has enchanted packed houses all over the world.
“This is one of the best and most exciting productions of this great play I have seen, ever.” – Sunday Times
This enthusiastically awaited revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings together all the very best aspects of Propeller: invention, music, magic, comedy and pathos.
In director Edward Hall’s own words: “Propeller is all about how we approach a show, how we treat our audience, how we bring life to the words and stories we put across, how the camaraderie of the company spreads to the people who are watching.”
Propeller regular Chris Myles will play Bottom, James Tucker returns to the company as Titania, queen of the fairies, with Darrell Brockis as her king, Oberon. The company also features David Acton as Egeus, Quince and Fairy; Joseph Chance as Puck and Starveling; Richard Pepper as Lysander and Fairy; Dan Wheeler as Helena and Fairy; Arthur Wilson as Demetrius and Fairy; Dominic Gerrard as Theseus and Fairy; Will Featherstone as Hippolyta and Fairy; Lewis Hart as Snout and Fairy; Matthew Pearson as Hermia, Snug and Fairy; Alasdair Craig as Flute and Fairy; Matthew McPherson as Fairy.
Edward Hall is artistic director of Propeller Theatre Company and Hampstead Theatre, where he recently directed the stage adaptation of Chariots of Fire – a production which is now set to play Bath in February 2014. His staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in London in 2003, went on to play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in early 2004, where both he and the production were nominated for Drama Desk Awards. His American production of Rose Rage won four Jeff Awards including Best Play, Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast. His extensive credits also include the West End production of The Deep Blue Sea with Greta Scaatchi; the National Theatre production of Once In A Lifetime with David Suchet; and A Streetcar Named Desire with Natasha Richardson and John C Reilly in New York. Edward Hall is also an associate director at the National Theatre, London’s Old Vic and the Watermill Theatre. His work for television includes Spooks, Kingdom and Trial and Retribution.
Propeller’s productions – directed by Edward Hall and designed by Michael Pavelka – seek to find a more engaging way of expressing Shakespeare and to more completely explore the relationship between text and performance. Mixing a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic, they have been influenced by mask work, animation and classic and modern film and music from all ages.
Over its sixteen-year life, Propeller has grown and developed its repertoire and touring destinations extensively. The company now tours throughout the UK and across the globe with productions on the road throughout the year. Propeller has toured internationally to Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA.
For Propeller’s staging of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream the text is adapted by Edward Hall and Roger Warren. Lighting design is by Ben Ormerod with sound by David Gregory.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 19th November to Saturday 23rd November. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Performances: Evenings: Tuesday & Wednesday at 7.30pm, Thursday to Saturday at 8pm
Matinees: Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets: £17.50 – £33.50 with concessions available (Booking fee applies: £1 for transactions below £15 / £2.50 for transactions of £15 or over)