A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

Shaun Hughes

9 - 16 July 2022

Performances

Sat 7:45pm, Mon 7:45pm, Tue 7:45pm, Wed 7:45pm, Thu 7:45pm, Fri 7:45pm, Sat 2:45pm, Sat 7:45pm theatre


Synopsis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, possibly Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, written in 1596. Set in Athens, the story revolves around the marriage of Duke Theseus, the ruler of Athens, and Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons.

The fairy King Oberon and Queen Titania are at odds with each other, and their anger disrupts the forest outside Athens. They both have power over the humans that enter the forest and use magic to entertain themselves and change those who dare to enter the forest. All the humans who enter the forest and come into contact with the fairy magic find they have new voices in this world of myth and magic. Avoiding the law, the lovers Hermia and Lysander run away to the forest to be married, followed by Demetrius and Helena who wish to stop the marriage. In the forest the fairies intervene with a love potion – who will marry whom in the end? A group of workers wish to celebrate the Duke’s wedding by putting on a play. They decide to rehearse in the forest. The mischievous fairy Puck lays a spell on the lead actor, Bottom, and gives him an ass’s head. Oberon sees an opportunity to have fun at Titania’s expense and makes her fall in love with Bottom. Will this come out right or will Titania forever be in love with an ass? Will the humans ever leave the forest? Will Titania and Oberon learn to love again? Will the human world ever be the same? This play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed and deservedly so. The beautiful verse and hilarious physical comedy is not to be missed. Join us for spell binding performances, where magic and mayhem rule the night.

Audition Info
Audition Thu 21 April 2022 7:30pm Foyer

The following notes are a guide only. Please feel free to audition for any role, do not feel defined by gender or age. This will be a modern dress production with music from different periods and styles.

Characters

Humans

Theseus, Duke of Athens has recently won a war against the Amazons, and to celebrate the victory he proposes to marry the Amazonian Queen – Hippolyta. He needs to learn the meaning of love. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 1)

Hippolyta is Queen of the Amazons. Having been defeated in battle by Theseus, she is now betrothed to him. Her relationship with Theseus is aggressively difficult at the start of the play. Can she teach him the meaning of love? (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 1)

Egeus is a courtier and father of Hermia. He is stiff backed, sticking to the rules, whatever the consequences. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 1)

Hermia is Egeus’s daughter. She is in love with Lysander. She refuses to marry her father’s choice of husband, Demetrius, despite the threat of death for her refusal. She is strong minded. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 1)

Lysander is young men of no fortune or heritage. He loves Hermia. He is relaxed, fun, chilled. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 1)

Helena is a Hermia’s school friend. She is in love with Demetrius even though she has been rejected. She is single minded in her aims. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 1)

Demetrius is a young man of Athens, of good family and fortune. Egeus’s choice for his daughter Hermia. He is stiff and upright. (Audition pages: Act Two – Sc 1)

Peter Quince is a tradesman who organizes a few fellow workers into preparing ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’, a play to present to Theseus and Hippolyta on their wedding day. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 2)

Bottom, part of Quince’s troupe, who enthusiastically wishes to play all the parts in the play. Does play Pyramus. Enchanted by fairy magic and turned into an ass, who Titania loves when she is under a spell. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 2)

Flute, part of Quince’s troupe, who plays Thisbe in the play. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 2)

Snout, part of Quince’s troupe, who plays Pyramus’s father and the Wall in Quince’s play. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 2)

Snug, part of Quince’s troupe, cast as Lion and only roars in Quince’s play. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 2)

Starveling, part of Quince’s troupe, portrays Moonshine in Quince’s play. (Audition pages: Act One – Sc 2)

Fairies

Oberon is King of the fairies. He is proud, angry, vengeful, and quarrels with Titania. Strong, eloquent. (Audition pages: Act Two – Sc 1)

Titania is Queen of the fairies. Her quarrel with Oberon disturbs nature. She falls in love with an ass when she is enchanted by Oberon’s magic. Strong, eloquent. (Audition pages: Act Two – Sc 1)

Puck (or Robin Goodfellow) Delights in practical jokes and meddling in humans lives and loves. Obedient to Oberon and no one else. Strong minded, playful, scornful of humans. Very physical part. (Audition pages: Act Two – Sc 1)

Peaseblossom, a fairy of Titania’s court. (Audition pages: Act Three – Sc 1)

Cobweb, a fairy of Titania’s court. (Audition pages: Act Three – Sc 1)

Moth, a fairy of Titania’s court. (Audition pages: Act Three – Sc 1)

Mustardseed, a fairy of Titania’s court. (Audition pages: Act Three – Sc 1)

Additional fairies and courtiers.

If you would like to audition, please use any available script for the auditions (free online or a Penguin paperback). However, if you would like a script emailed to you, please contact Shaun at: shaun.hughes@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

A cut script will be issued for rehearsals.

If you have any queries or questions or would just like to have a chat about the play, please call Shaun on 07971 815883.