5 Stars
'A bundle of happy surprises...a Dream for the Glastonbury generation'
Daily Mail 

4 Stars
'Theatrical revolution...tremendous energy and inventiveness'
The Daily Telegraph

4 Stars
'A bloody joy, ravishing, engrossing and laugh out loud funny... Shakespeare, taken to his gloriously anarchic max'
Time Out

4 Stars
'A glory...disruptive, unnerving, highly comic...It rocks'
The Observer

4 Stars
'New artistic director Emma Rice makes a joyfully irreverent start'
The Arts Desk

4 Stars
'Joyful...cabaret artist Meow Meow...plays Titania with all the verve and irreverence you'd expect'
The Stage

4 Stars
'A total hoot...ridiculously fun, riotous...'

4 Stars
'Fizzes with bright ideas'
Evening Standard 

'An entertaining and rowdy night out'
The Guardian 

'Meow Meow is an outrageous success as Titania'
The Independent  

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Saturday 30 April – Sunday 11 September 2016

Globe Theatre

Tickets Running Time
Yard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) £20 – £45. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre Approx. 3 hours including a 15 min interval

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Emma Rice

Dramaturg & Lyricist
Tanika Gupta

Set Designer
Börkur Jónsson

Costume Designer
Moritz Junge

Stu Barker

Etta Murfitt & Emma Rice

Sound Designer
Simon Baker

Lighting Designers
Victoria Brennan & Malcolm Rippeth

Fight Director
Kate Waters 

Puppet Direction
Mark Down, Blind Summit Theatre

Artworks by Dan Hillier


Ankur Bahl

Margaret Ann Bain

Nandi Bhebhe
First Fairy/Starveling

Edmund Derrington

Tibu Fortes

Ncuti Gatwa

Meow Meow

Katy Owen

Edith Tankus

Lucy Thackeray

Alex Tregear

Zubin Varla

Anjana Vasan

Ewan Wardrop

View cast headshots on the blog →


Stu Barker

Musical Director/Guitars
Pat Moran

Sheema Mukherjee

Jeevan Singh 

Please note: this production has now closed


A Midsummer Night's Dream Live Steam

On Sunday 11 September, the final performance of Emma Rice's Bollywood-infused A Midsummer Night's Dream was streamed live around the world for audiences to enjoy for free as part of Shakespeare Lives, the online festival co-curated by the BBC and the British Council.

If you couldn't make the big event, the performance is now available to watch online worldwide on catch-up. 

Watch on Shakespeare Lives →
UK viewers can also view on BBC iPlayer → 

See what audiences around the world had to say about #DreamLive


My! The woods outside Athens are a busy place on this magical night! Four runaway lovers find themselves smack bang in the middle of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies, and, as if that wasn’t enough, a troupe of amateur actors are trying to rehearse a play. Between these unlikely groups flies Puck, armed only with a wicked sense of humour and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong?


Fusing music, dance and some serious comedy, Emma Rice’s first production as Artistic Director brings the Dream crashing into the Globe’s magical setting. Naughty, tender, transgressive and surprising, it promises to be a festival of theatre. Let the joy begin!

This production contains naughtiness of a sexual nature.

Understudy performances

The roles of Titania/Hippolyta will be played by Nandi Bhebhe, the role of First Fairy will be played by Alex Tregear, and the role of Starveling will be played by Tibu Fortes on the 5, 6, 14, 15, 28, 29 July, and 3 August.

The role of Snug will be played by Tibu Fortes 24, 25 and 26 May.  

Go behind the scenes

Guardian photographer Sarah Lee was granted rare backstage access to see A Midsummer Night's Dream take shape.

View the behind the scenes photo gallery →

Sarah Lee

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