Jenny Caron Hall, Artistic Director of SHAKE Festival, announces a rehearsed reading of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following the success of previous livestreams, The Tempest, and Sonnets & Carols, the latest reading, directed by Caron Hall, will be streamed live for one night only on Wednesday 31 March at 7.30pm. Tickets available to buy here.

The cast comprises Richard Blaine (Philostrate), Joseph Blatchley (Robin Starveling), Daniel Bowerbank (Helena), Amesh Edireweera (Tom Snout/Wall), Tim Fitzhigham (Francis Flute/Thisbe), Rebecca Hall (Titania/Hyppolita), Ed Hughes (Snug/Lion), Sara Kestelman (Peter Quince), Malachy King (A Fairy), Wendy Morgan (Puck), Luisa Omielan (Bottom/Pyramus), Louis Rudnicki (Demetrius), David Sibley (Egeus), Dan Stevens (Oberon/Theseus), Barnaby Taylor (Lysander), Máiréad Tyers (Hermia), with the voices of Pease-Bottom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustard-seed will be read by members of the Mini-Mouth Youth Theatre.

Artistic Director of SHAKE festival, Jenny Caron Hall, said today, “Expressed in beautiful language, this is an extraordinary play; romantic, magical, and very funny. I’m thrilled it’s being vividly brought to life in this online reading by such a brilliant cast.”


Jenny Caron Hall is the Artistic Director of SHAKE Festival, which launched in October 2019. As an actress her credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre) and The Tempest (National Theatre/international tour). Caron Hall is also a musician, artist and journalist.

Rebecca Hall plays Titania/Hyppolita. Her theatre credits include Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Strand Theatre – Ian Charleson Award), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), The Fight for BarbaraMan and SupermanGalileo’s Daughter and Don Juan (Theatre Royal Bath), As You Like It (Brooklyn Academy of Music), A Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard (The Bridge Project) and Machinal (American Airlines Theatre). Her television credits include Tales from the LoopParade’s EndRed Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974Einstein and EddingtonJoe’s PalaceWide Sargasso SeaDon’t Leave Me This Way and The Camomile Lawn; and for film, The Night HouseA Rainy Day in New YorkHolmes & WatsonTeen SpiritProfessor Marston and the Wonder WomenPermissionThe DinnerThe BFGChristineThe GiftTumbledownTranscendenceA PromiseClosed CircuitIron Man 3Lay the FavouriteThe AwakeningA Bag of HammersEverything Must GoThe TownPlease GiveDorian GrayFrost/NixonVicky Cristina BarcelonaThe Prestige and Starter for 10. Hall is making her directorial debut with the feature film Passing which will première at Sundance later this month.

Sara Kestelman plays Peter Quince. Her theatre credits include The VisitHamlet (National Theatre), ParadiseFilthy BusinessThe Intellectual Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the ScripturesSome Sunny Day (Hampstead Theatre), The Lady in the Van (Theatre Royal Bath), The Girls (UK tour), Ignis4000 Miles (The Print Room), Torch Song TrilogyMeantime (Menier Chocolate Factory), Making Noise QuietlyNineCabaret (Donmar Warehouse) and Fiddler on the Roof (London Palladium/UK tour). Her television credits Maigret in MonmartreIn the FleshInstinctAnna KareninaInvasion: EarthBrazen HussiesCabaretSomewhere to RunCrown CourtThe Walls of JerichoThe Double Dealer and Under Western Eyes; and for film, The Last Sparks of SundownLady JaneBreak of DayLisztomania and Zardoz.

Luisa Omielan plays Bottom/Pyramus. She was the first comedian to be awarded the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award in 2018. Her stand up shows What Would Beyonce Do?! and Politics for Bitches were both aired on the BBC following critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and subsequent national tours. Her television appearances include MirandaThe John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo.

Dan Stevens plays Oberon/Theseus. His theatre credits include Hangmen (John Golden Theatre), The Heiress (Walter Kerr Theatre), Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre), The Vortex (Apollo Theatre), Hay Fever (Haymarket Theatre), The Romans in Britain (Sheffield Theatres), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Royal Bath) and As You Like It (Rose Theatre). His credits for television include as series regular Matthew Crawley in Downton AbbeyKipo and the Age of WonderbeastsLegionThe Turn of the ScrewSense & SensibilityMaxwell and Dracula; and for film, Blithe SpiritEurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire SagaThe Rental , The Call of the WildLucy in the SkyApostleHer SmellThe Man who Invented ChristmasMarshallKill SwitchPermissionBeauty and the BeastColossalNormanThe TicketCriminal ActivitiesNight at the Museum: Secret of the TombA Walk Among the TombstonesThe CobblerThe GuestThe Fifth EstateSummer in FebruaryVamps and Hilde.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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