In his time as head of the National Theatre, Hytner carved a reputation for blending Shakespeare's blank verse with a contemporary aesthetic. He christened his newly-opened Bridge Theatre with a rousing take on Julius Caesar, which was staged in the round and allowed audience members to join the crowd of Roman plebeians forming an angry mob around Ben Whishaw's Brutus.
We are once again invited to 'sit close up to the action, or follow it on foot' but this time it's 'a dream world of feuding fairies and uncontrollable desire' as Hytner directs an immersive A Midsummer Night's Dream. The fantastical comedy, with its play-within-a-play, strange spells and mischievous fairies offers rich potential for immersion. And with Olivier-winner Bunny Christie (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) designing the set, we expect a bold and playful interpretation of the illusions and theatricality at the heart of the play.
Further details and casting are to be announced, but Hytner tends to attract big name actors so there should be some added star-power.
Public booking for A Midsummer Night's Dream at Bridge Theatre opens on Friday 19 October.
|What||A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bridge Theatre|
|Where||Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Tower Hill (underground)|
03 Jun 19 – 31 Aug 19, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£25 - £69.50|
|Website||Click here for more information|