The cast has been announced for a musically infused version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Arts Theatre Upstairs this summer. Set in the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’, the tale unfolds from the crumbling New Orleans jazz clubs and out into the Louisiana Bayous – bringing to life Shakespeare’s text amidst the dark imagination of the American Deep South.
Joining Silvana Maimone as Titania and David Monteith as Oberon will be Jonathan Ajayli as Lysander, Lowri Amies as Snout, Ruari Cannon as Demetrius, Samantha Louise Clark as as Hermia, Matt Jopling as Flute, E J Martin as Helena, Lawrence O’Connor as Quince and Theseus Tristan Pegg as Moth, Sid Phoenix as Puck, Sarah Rotheram as Starevlling and Matthew Woodyatt as Bottom.
Underscored with the inimitable sound of New Orleans Jazz and Blues, played live by the cast, it features the music of Dr. John, Louis Armstrong, Randy Newman and Professor Longhair, among others.
Musical Director, Joe Evans, is thrilled to have the approval of Dr. John to include his most famous songs in the show – played live by the cast of actor/musicians, with the addition of Disney’s permission to include Randy Newman’s Oscar nominated song “Down In New Orleans” (famously sung by Dr. John for the hit movie “The Princess and the Frog”).
Adapted and edited by Linnie Reedman it stays faithful to the original text, whilst exploring the rich culture of New Orleans and the surrounding influences of early twentieth century Voodoo. Oberon and Titania are portrayed as “The Night Tripper” and Voodoo Queen respectively, while the ‘Mechanicals’ form one of the earliest New Orleans jazz bands. ‘The play within a play’ evolves into a Mardis Gras stlye jam session. On Friday and Saturday evenings any musically minded audience members are also invited to bring their instrument to join in an after-show jam session with the cast.
Formed in 2007 by Young Vic genesis director Linnie Reedman and acclaimed composer/musical director Joe Evans, Ruby In The Dust has over twelve productions under its belt, including shows both on the fringe and the West End and other site specific venues. Past credits include the critically praised The Great Gatsby, Hutch (both at Riverside Studios), Miracle starring Susannah York and Tim Woodward, (St Andrew Church Crypt and Leicester Square Theatre), Bonnie and Clyde (The King’s Head Theatre), Dorian Gray (Riverside Studios) with Jack Fox and Daisy Bevan, both in their theatrical debuts and Lady Windermere’s Fan (King’s Head Theatre).
ARTS THEATRE (Upstairs)
6 – 7 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JB
4th to 30th August 2015
Tuesday to Sunday 7:30pm
Tickets £25 Concs £22
Box office 0207 836 8463
Wednesday 15th July 2015