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A Midsummer Night's Dream was chosen to be performed as our 30th anniversary show in July 2014 because it was the first ever Shakespeare we performed. 


Our 1950s family friendly production was fun and energetic, and performed outside in the rustic garden of Inn on the Park in Verulamium Park, St Albans.


The shows were hugely popular and nearly every night was sold out. Next year we will be performing Twelfth Night at the same venue. 



A Midsummer Night's Dream  

(16th - 18th & 24th - 26th July 2014)

Inn on the Park, St Albans, AL3 4SN


"A Midsummer Night's Dream" deals with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage.



The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves, and a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production of "Pyramus and Thisbe" for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.


Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them, and he is pursued by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when mischievous Puck plays Cupid. "The course of true love never did run smooth" says Lysander. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearses a badly-written play in the woods, and soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies. Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for this unforgettable spell.


As Puck says, falling in love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end?

Cast & Crew


Theseus/Oberon - John Kensett

Hippolyta - Sarah Cooper

Egeus - David Martin

Hermia - Suzanne Drake

Demetrius - Oliver Sutton-Izzard

Lysander - Jamie Russell-Curtis

Helena - Clare Waller

Quince/ Fairy - Jill Davies

Bottom - Robert Lewis 

Flute/ Peaseblossom - Denis Briggs

Starveling/ Moth - Margie Skinner

Snout/ Mustardseed - Owen Davies 

Snug/ Cobweb - Lesley Cowland

Puck - Saleema Davies

Fairy/ Attendant - Vicki Harris

Titania - Abigail Giles


Director - Steph Harrison-Barker

Marketing Manager - Abigail Giles

Stage Manager - Lewis Harrison-Barker

Assistant Stage Manager - Natasha Inglis

Front of House Manager - Steph Cotter




Audience Comments


J. & C. Smith - "We all SOO enjoyed it. Please keep up the good work and we look forward to coming again next year." 


V. Gregory -  "A perfect summers evening. Really enjoyed the food and wine too! You were all working so hard."


M. Carter - "Shakespeare in the park -and it's blooming brilliant!"



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