Theatre trip to see Dmitry Krymov’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Barbican – Wednesday 12th November

Puppets and a performing dog from the hugely inventive and original Russian director Dmitry Krymov. A sell-out show at the RSC in 2012 and now at the Barbican for just a few nights.

A “whirlwind blend of refinement and slapstick”,  said the Telegraph, the “human cast is tremendous, but it’s the dog that steals the show”.  

“This is not your standard Shakespeare but a hilarious piece of controlled anarchy that lasts 90 minutes.. I would urge you to catch it if you can.” (Michael Billington in the Guardian).

We are going on 12th November and group tickets are just £20. Anyone who wants to can meet beforehand at the Gin Joint for a pre-theatre supper at £16 for 2 courses and afterwards we’ll go the pub.

1 hour 45 mins with no interval.

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From the Barbican website:

“An opera singer, towering puppets, ballerinas and a performing dog…anything is possible when Russia’s most ingeniously creative director stages Shakespeare.

Dmitry Krymov defies theatrical convention to conceive spectacles of scale, invention and wonder. He follows his summer presentation of Opus No 7 with this glorious retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The action focuses on the ‘rude mechanicals’, amateur actors attempting to perform the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe for an audience of restless dignitaries. Feats of physicality abound as the troupe struggles with its depiction of the ill-fated lovers – played here by figures standing five-metres-tall. Amid the mayhem, though, moments of real and moving grandeur equally captivate.

‘Infused with joy and a teetering sense of anarchy’ Guardian”

1 hour 45 mins/no interval 

Age guidance 12+

Performed in Russian with English surtitles

Directed by Dmitry Krymov 
Design by Vera Martynova