Handspring Puppet Company are to bring their co-production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Bristol Old Vic to London’s Barbican for a limited run, with performances from 6th February and official opening on 10th February, and running through to 15th February 2014.
During the past 30 years Handspring Puppet Company has taken part in the creation of over 16 theatre productions. Although the company has done some work for young audiences and for television, the majority of the work has been adult theatre.
The South African based company previously presented Woyzeck on the Highveld at the Barbican in 2011. This collaboration reunites them with War Horse co-director Tom Morris, who is artistic director at the Bristol Old Vic where this production premiered in March under his direction.
According to press reports, “a shape-shifting Puck is conjured from a selection of workman’s tools. An eight-foot-tall Titania presides over a troupe of malevolent fairies while a giant, controlling Oberon manipulates his fairy queen and meddles in the confusion of the squabbling lovers. A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in a world where reality blurs with the mystic, where fairies are powerful, magical, mischievous and potentially dangerous. This world is realised in a riotous display of irreverent comedy, in which anything can come to life and be transformed.”
The cast includes Saikat Ahamed, Colin Michael Carmichael, Naomi Cranston, Alex Felto, Fionn Gill, Akiya Henry, Christopher Keegan, Kyle Lima, Saskia Portway, David Ricardo-Pearce, Lucy Tuck and Miltos Yerolemou.
The production features puppetry by Handspring Puppet Company and is designed by Vicki Mortimer. Lighting is by Philip Gladwell, music by Dave Price, sound by Christopher Shutt, choreography by Laurel Swift and movement direction by Andrew Dawson.
You can see work from The Handspring Puppet Company including images from War Horse at