Watch: National Theatre at Home – A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Arusa Qureshi
- 19 June 2020
This week's NT Live selection is Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedy
The National Theatre at Home series continues this week with the broadcast of the Bridge Theatre's 2019 production of Shakespeare's carnivalesque comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Set in a dreamlike forest, the play follows a feuding fairy King and Queen as they cross paths with four runaway lovers (Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena) and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. Their meddling in the mortal's lives results in everything from mistaken identities to love triangles, and hilarious and often ominous consequences for all involved.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream brings the party to the stage with bonkers antics, visually arresting gymnastics and entertaining production all round. Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
Watch A Midsummer Night's Dream from 7pm on Thursday 25 June for one week.
With theatres around the UK and beyond remaining closed as lockdown continues, companies and venues are doing their bit to keep audiences at home connected and entertained as best as possible. London's National Theatre announced their National Theatre at Home programme last month, giving audiences the weekly opportunity to enjoy world-class theatre while the venue is closed. And with huge numbers tuning in every week, the initiative has been a great success. So far, we've been treated to streams of One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Cordon, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Inua Williams' Barber Shop Chronicles, the Young Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, James Graham's This House, Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III, and most recently, Small Island.