Royal Shakespeare Company announces cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has unveiled the full cast for its upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The show is set to grace the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 30 January – 30 March 2024.

Director Eleanor Rhode, known for her direction of King John at the RSC in 2019, returns with a fresh vision for one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

The cast includes Mathew Baynton, portraying the role of Bottom, with Nicholas Armfield as Demetrius, Emily Cundick as Snout, Bally Gill as Oberon/Theseus, Esme Hough as Cobweb, Ryan Hutton as Lysander, Charlotte Jaconelli as Peaseblossom, Laurie Jamieson as Snug, Neil McCaul as Egeus, Helen Monks as Peter Quince, Michael Olatunji as Moth, Adrian Richards as Philostrate, Boadicea Ricketts as Helena, Sirine Saba as Titania/Hippolyta, Rosie Sheehy as Puck, Dawn Sievewright as Hermia, Mitesh Soni as Flute, Premi Tamang as Starveling and Tom Xander as Mustardseed.

The creative team for this production is equally impressive, with Lucy Osborne handling design, John Bulleid directing illusions, Matt Daw overseeing lighting, and music by Will Gregory. The show will also feature sound design by Pete Malkin, movement by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, video by Nina Dunn, and casting by Matthew Dewsbury CDG.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a tale where the real and fairy worlds collide on a magical midsummer’s night. The plot weaves through the lives of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, who find themselves in an enchanted forest where a fairy King and Queen reign. As mortals and magical beings intersect, the lines between reality and illusion blur, with only the mischievous Puck understanding the true nature of the unfolding chaos.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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