A Midsummer Night's Dream 2023 production poster with a braying donkey

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

UK tour, July - September 2023

Hermia and Lysander plan to elope so they can defy her parents' wish that she marry Demetrius. They take off into the enchanted woods with Demetrius and the love-lorn Helena hot on their heels.

Deep in the magical forest, the King and Queen of the faeries, Oberon and Titania, are having a marital spat. It is into this enchanted chaos that the lovers stumble and find their predicament further entangled by the faeries' magical meddling.

To complicate matters, some hapless locals are caught in the crossfire of Oberon's jealous revenge plot aided by his mischievous sprite, Puck. They see their play rehearsals as a very serious matter, but when their lead actor, Bottom, is transformed into an ass, things go predictably awry. Their final presentation of the play is the comedic culmination of A Midsummer Night's Dream and arguably Shakespeare's finest comedy moment.

Here's what audiences of previous years' shows have had to say:

“Thanks for your production of Much Ado About Nothing at Bletchley Park. Perfect location for open air theatre.”

“Saw you yesterday at Bletchley Park and loved it! A really good, fun adaptation. Thank you.”

“A wonderfully amusing and fun adaptation. Actors were brilliant; we all enjoyed it immensely. And enjoyed tasting some of the Oaken Grove wine.”

“What a lovely evening spent watching cast and creatives”

“Wonderful show… Hilarious and very entertaining”

“Most enjoyable performance”

“I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the delightful fun of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and now look forward to your company visiting again next year.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed tonight's performance of Twelfth Night. Well done to all the cast for the lively and fun entertainment”

Director — Conor Cook
Adapted for six players by Heather Simpkin

Cast (in order of appearance)

Download the programme with full biographies