Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Kildare and Cork

Proving to be a seasonal hit, Shakespeare’s early comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be staged in both Kildare and Cork this month.

In Kildare, Dream will be performed by the Moat Club, an award-winning amateur drama group that began in 1954, in the Moat Theatre, Naas. Directed by Gerard O’Shea, the production runs from Tuesday 14th June until Saturday 18th June. For booking and further details see the Moat Theatre website.

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The Moat Club’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – promotional photo on Twitter


While in Cork, Bare Cheek Theatre Company and the Granary Theatre will present the romantic comedy as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Suitably, the production opens on Midsummer’s Day (21st June) and will be performed by a cast of Cork’s most promising teen actors. This Dream focuses on the world of magic, the supernatural, fantasy, passion and enchantment in an extraordinary ultra-modern production. The production is set in a mythical post-apocalyptic city and an enchanted forest, where a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites, and elves collide.

Performance run: Tuesday 21st June at 5pm and 8pm,  Wednesday 22nd June at 5pm and 8pm, and Thursday 23rd June at 5pm. Booking is via the Cork Midsummer Festival website, by phone (021 421513) and in person at the Festival Box Office, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Granary Theatre, Cork 

Related events of interest

The Bed, a new one-act play about Shakespeare’s widow, will premiere as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Fortune’s Fool will tour Ireland with Measure for Measure in July and August. The production comes to both Kildare and to Cork. For details and for the full tour schedule see the British Council ‘Shakespeare Lives’ webpage.


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