A Midsummer Nights Dream At The New Wolsey

This summer, Sir Trevor Nunn returns to his home town of Ipswich to direct William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre running from Thursday 16 June to Saturday 9 July 2016.

Patron of the New Wolsey Theatre, and former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has thus far directed 36 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, with this production completing the collection.
This Shakespeare comedy of mismatched love is one of the Elizabethan writer’s most popular plays, enjoyed worldwide by audiences and school children alike. A play dedicated to magic, amazement, theatrics and passion – it showcases the poetry of Shakespeare in an entertaining and accessible way to all, with plenty of humour and audience asides. As well as marking the theatre’s 15th birthday year, and concluding Sir Trevor’s repertoire of directing Shakespeare, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and joins many theatres across the region and UK who will be marking the celebration with ground-breaking productions and festivals.
Peter Rowe, Artistic Director at the New Wolsey Theatre, says:

“It has long been Trevor’s ambition to direct all the plays in Shakespeare’s canon and we are fortunate that the last on his list is Shakespeare’s most magical and popular comedy. It seems a fitting contribution to the 400th anniversary celebrations of the death of England’s greatest playwright that Trevor will be returning to his home town, working with a company combining local schoolchildren and young people with the professional cast, and rehearsing in the same hall that he staged his first Shakespeare in as a seventeen year old schoolboy.

He also added:

“We are grateful to the companies in our regular Open Season for re-arranging their schedule and allowing us to take advantage of this unique opportunity. The stars are shining, the planets are in alignment and the cycle will be complete when the show opens, appropriately, on Midsummer’s Eve.”

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]The production will be featuring a cast of young local performers aged 8 to 13 years of age to play the fairy children, and open auditions will take place on Saturday 12 March at the New Wolsey Theatre. More information on how to register can be found by visiting:


This strictly limited run begins previews on Thursday 16 June, opening Tuesday 21 June and concluding Saturday 9 July. [/box]