Midsummer Mechanicals 2023

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The Midsummer Mechanicals are back! Our Olivier Award-nominated, ‘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.

The Olivier Award-nominated 2022 production returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for more side-splitting fun and mayhem this summer. ‘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.

Explore A Midsummer Night’s Dream even further with one of our interactive  workshops for ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12 and their families.

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This production will also run for 6 performances at Shakespeare North Playhouse from 15–18 July 2023. 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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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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‘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’


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



Feature Trailer (2023)

The Midsummer Mechanicals are BACK! (2023)

'We're part of the show!' | Audience reactions

Meet the Midsummer Mechanicals!

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.


Introducing the company of Midsummer Mechanicals

Casting Director

Nicholas Hockaday

Costume Assistant and Wardrobe

Rae Hildbrand


Rose Revitt

Director and Writer

Kerry Frampton

Fight Direction

Claire Llewellyn

Movement Director

Kate Webster

Production Manager

Kat Ellis

Production Manager

Dan Shelley

Writer and Composer

Ben Hales



We provide Access Resources for Audio Described and Relaxed performances, these will be added in time for the first of each of those access performances and will be available for all performances after that date