The ballet production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed at the Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday February 20th at 7:30pm. Presented by the critically acclaimed Ballet Theatre UK, this ballet shows Shakespeare's comedy from a new angle with just as much mischief but a few more pirouettes.
A Midsummer Night's Dream follows many different paths as both kingdoms of man and magic prepare for the royal wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Four young lovers form a sort of love rectangle filled with unrequited love, forced marriage, and forbidden romances; a group of actors prepare for a wedding day performance; and the fairies of the forest meddle with the hearts and minds of all involved. Unlike the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's star-crossed lovers, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy that takes great joy from the mischief, misfortune and antics of all its players.
The ballet was choreographed by George Balanchine to music by Felix Mendelssohn, first performed in the early 1960s. It is a two-act ballet that follows the happenings of Shakespeare's original play in the first act, and then delivers the extravagant royal wedding in the second act.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is performed by Ballet Theatre UK and they are currently touring the ballet around the country. Artistic Director Christopher Moore is responsible for bringing this fresh production to the stage. The mischief of the moonlit forest is brought to life with beautiful costumes and mesmerising dance. It's a production for both lovers of dance and lovers of Shakespeare.