Midsummer Mechanicals 2023
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The Midsummer Mechanicals are back! Our ★★★★★ ‘fantastically funny’ (Broadway World) family show, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this summer.
One midsummer’s night, a band of amateur actors led by Nick Bottom staged their first ever play. It was so bold, so brilliant and so chaotic that it went down in theatre history.
Now these actors – known as the Mechanicals – are back to perform their latest masterpiece, and with half an hour to go until curtain-up, everything is in hand. The actors are (almost) assembled, the play is (nearly) rehearsed, and the audience (that’s you!) are ready. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, it turns out.
Join us for side-splitting fun and mayhem as the Mechanicals create their new play – with your help! ‘Hanging out with these woodland thesps is a riot’ (The Times) and ‘a joy to watch…great family entertainment’ (British Theatre Guide). It’s a perfect first experience of Shakespeare’s plays as the Mechanicals ‘make a young audience feel right at home’ (The Guardian).
A co-production with Splendid Productions, Midsummer Mechanicals is recommended for everyone from age 5 to 105.
This production will also run for 6 performances at Shakespeare North Playhouse from 15–18 July. With both schools and public performances, Midsummer Mechanicals is the first Globe production to visit Shakespeare North Playhouse, a replica Shakespearean theatre which opened in July 2022.
£28 – £18 Seating
This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Running time approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including an interval
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Terms and conditions
A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online and over the telephone.
During performances, prams are not permitted in the auditorium. Worn baby slings and carriers are welcome. We are happy to store prams and buggies during your visit, but please be aware that they will be unattended and left at your risk.
Photography (2022 original cast): Manuel Harlan
‘A fantastically funny family show…an absolute dream’
‘This jolly show…makes hanging out with these woodland would-be thesps a riot’
‘Bottom, Quince, Flute and Patience make the young audience feel right at home in this affably silly show’
‘Giddy escapism…An enjoyable family-friendly follow up to A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘
‘A joy to watch…great family entertainment’
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
‘I have rarely seen [children’s theatre] as impressive as Midsummer Mechanicals‘
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Meet the Midsummer Mechanicals! (2022 production)
Meet Bottom, Flute, Quince and Patience Snout as they prepare to stage their brand new play. What could possibly go wrong?
The Mechanicals' story so far! | Midsummer Mechanicals (2022)
The Mechanicals first appear in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Find out what magic and mayhem they get up to in Shakespeare’s story in our animated recap.
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Midsummer Mechanicals 2023Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Advanced priority booking for Best Friends & Patrons is now open.
Priority booking for Friends opens Tuesday 31 January, 11.00am.
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Public booking opens Tuesday 7 February, 11.00am.