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

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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 

'Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show. But wonder on, till ’truth make all things plain.'


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.

Audience Reactions

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.  

Sold out performances

Some performances are now sold out. Any returned tickets are sold in order to a returns queue which will start approximately 90 minutes before each performance. Only cash will be accepted. The returns queue will be formed by the main foyer entrance. We cannot guarantee that there will be any returned tickets for any performance.

Go behind the scenes

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

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Sarah Lee

Related events

Introductory Lectures →

Inspiring introductory talks about A Midsummer Night's Dream given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors.

Tuesday 6 September 

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £8 (£6 FoSG/Student)


Theatre Company Q&As →

Theatre company members share their experience of A Midsummer Night's Dream and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As after the matinee performances.

Wednesday 31 August 
Wednesday 7 September 

Time: 15 minutes after the matinee performance
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £5 (£4 FoSG/Student)

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