Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Grand Theatre

midsummer nights dreamHaving already seen one show this week and an art preview it is becoming evident that Blackpool has more culture than meets the eye. Tonight’s show ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was a variety of things which included fairies, lovers, hapless actors and a disapproving father.

Sell A Door Theatre Company has developed a reputation for high quality Theatre following critically acclaimed tours of Spring Awakening and Lord of the Flies.To launch their 2013 season Sell A Door brings to The Grand Theatre one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies – and what a laugh it was!

Despite having no idea what the play was about beforehand I found the story of Hermia and the love triangle that prevailed confusing at first but over the first half an hour it becomes evident there are three story lines at play.

The first tells of a love story between Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetruis falling for each other in various ways with lots of help in stirring things up from a cheeky fairy called Puck. The second is a story about the King and Queen of the forest who goad Puck on to spread love juice over the four hapless lovers in the first story.
The third and final story is about a group of villagers that want to perform a show but are so desperate to be in each others roles resulting in a hilarious comedy sketch that moved the audience to tears.

The outstanding performance from Hermia and Nick Bottom made the show enjoyable and fun, I would recommend it to anyone that has an interest in Shakespeare or wants to broaden their horizons.

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