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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare under the celestial canopy in Centennial Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Labelled as one of his crowd-pleasers, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream trots out yet again, no stranger to a frolic or two. This charmer about love, fairies, and a dollop of chaos, though tinged with the slightly sticky business of consent, still manages to hold its audience in thrall.

Karla Erenbots’ twinking threads shimmer in Centennial Park

The fairy realm, decked out in Karla Erenbots’ twinkling threads, truly shimmers against the leafy sprawl of Centennial Park. Puck, played by a decidedly beefy Jonathon Freeman, prances about with more of a thud than a twinkle, ably flanked by his gymnastic crony, Cameron Shook. The dance and rumble choreographed by Sue-Ellen Shook are top-notch, from the fairies’ nimble toe-tapping to the slo-mo fisticuffs between Alex Cooper’s Demetrius and Lysander.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Amidst the entangled lovers—Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius—flashes of brilliance emerge, but it’s the Mechanicals who steal the show, particularly in the repartee between Nicole Nabout and Hugh Sexton, flipping roles from Hippolyta/Titania to Oberon/Theseus with ease.

Elizabeth Brennan as Bottom is a comedic triumph

Elizabeth Brennan’s Bottom is a comedic triumph, nailing the precise measure of pompousness to tickle rather than annoy. Meanwhile, Henny Walters, a minor marvel as Snug, manages to wring out peals of laughter with sparse lines and her uproarious portrayal of a lion in the climax.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare Under the Stars tosses out iambic pentameter

Peppered with modern-day quips, chart-topping hits, and a mishmash of eras, this production, guided by Glen Elston’s deft hand, might ruffle the feathers of the purists. But, marking 35 years of Shakespeare Under the Stars, Elston’s troupe tosses out iambic pentameter as if born to it.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The entire spectacle, complete with characters zipping on and off in buggies and mingling with the audience, makes for a riotous evening. So, bundle up, pack a feast, and prepare for a guffaw-laden night under the celestial canopy.

Until 28 April at Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, Paddington.
Tickets: $55 to $115; children $25 to $35 
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