Midsummer Mechanicals 2023

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Advanced priority booking for Patrons & Best Friends opens Tuesday 24 January, 10.00am.

Priority booking for Friends opens Tuesday 31 January, 10.00am.

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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.

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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.

DETAILS

TICKETS
£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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Part of Summer 2023

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

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Reviews

★★★★★

‘A fantastically funny family show…an absolute dream’

BROADWAY WORLD

★★★★

‘This jolly show…makes hanging out with these woodland would-be thesps a riot’

THE TIMES

‘Bottom, Quince, Flute and Patience make the young audience feel right at home in this affably silly show’

THE GUARDIAN

‘Giddy escapism…An enjoyable family-friendly follow up to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

THE STAGE

‘A joy to watch…great family entertainment’

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

‘I have rarely seen [children’s theatre] as impressive as Midsummer Mechanicals

SARDINES MAGAZINE

PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Meet the Midsummer Mechanicals! (2022 production)

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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)

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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.

CAST & CREATIVES

Director
Lucy Cuthbertson

Writer & Director
Kerry Frampton

Writer
Ben Hales

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Audio Described Performances

Show dates & times

Wednesday 9th August

1:30 PM
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Relaxed Performances

Show dates & times

Friday 11th August

3:00 PM

Wednesday 23rd August

11:00 AM
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Captioned Performances

Show dates & times

Saturday 12th August

3:00 PM
BSL

Signed Performances

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Thursday 17th August

1:30 PM

Dates & Tickets

Midsummer Mechanicals 2023

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Advanced priority booking for Best Friends & Patrons is now open.

Priority booking for Friends opens Tuesday 31 January, 11.00am.

Become a Member to access priority booking and a range of additional benefits.

Public booking opens Tuesday 7 February, 11.00am.

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