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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Confused couples, lopsided loyalties and a terrible case of mistaken identity. Falling in love can make you lose your head.

01 Mar - 15 Mar 2018

Based on Shakespeare’s popular comedy, Britten’s opera follows the consequences of a falling-out between the fairy-king Oberon and his queen, Tytania. Mistaken identities, confused lovers and alarming transformations are the result.

Returning to ENO, Robert Carsen’s production explores the blurred relationships between reality and dreams, the natural and supernatural, and sexual desire.

From the sliding string chords of the magic wood to the rustics’ well-intentioned entertainment, Britten’s ear for beguiling orchestration and melodic invention will enchant and entice you.

Leading the cast as Oberon and Tytania are counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie and soprano Soraya Mafi. The roles of the lovers are taken by a quartet of rising stars – Eleanor Dennis as Helena, Clare Presland as Hermia, David Webb as Lysander, and Matthew Durkan as Demetrius. Young British conductor Alexander Soddy makes his ENO debut.

'A show that's so much fun... comes up sparkling.'

The Guardian

6 Evening Performances Remaining
Running Time
3hrs 00mins

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.

Pre performance talk
8 Mar 2018
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Book your talk ticket here >>
Language
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opera National de Lyon

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Creative Team

Alexander Soddy

Conductor

Robert Carsen

Director

Michael Levine

Designer

Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet

Lighting Designers

Matthew Bourne

Movement Director

Cast

Christopher Ainslie

Oberon

Soraya Mafi

Tytania

David Webb

Lysander

Clare Presland

Hermia

Matthew Durkan

Demetrius

Eleanor Dennis

Helena

Joshua Bloom

Bottom

Graeme Danby

Quince

Robert Murray

Flute

Jonathan Lemalu

Snug

Timothy Robinson

Snout

Simon Butteriss

Starveling

Andri Björn Róbertsson

Theseus

Emma Carrington

Hippolyta