Following its South Bank Show Award-winning productions of The Turn of the Screw and Peter Grimes, ENO continues to refresh its Britten repertoire with a new staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Magically mixing 20th-century modernism, rich romanticism and quasi-Purcellian fantasy, Britten’s score breathes a unique air all of its own, climaxing in a hilarious parody of Italian bel canto opera for the rude mechanicals’ play.
Mirroring the composer’s lifelong nostalgia for the lost innocence of childhood, Christopher Alden, the Olivier Award-winning director of Partenope and The Makropulos Case, transplants Shakespeare’s moonlit world of woods and fairies to the hormonal hothouse of a 1960s school. With Iestyn Davies (‘one of the most glorious countertenor voices in the world today’ The Independent) and stunning singing actress Sarah Tynan (who enraptured ENO audiences in The Elixir of Love in 2010) as Oberon and Tytania, this dream cast also features the great Jamaican-born bass-baritone Sir Willard White as Bottom.
Conductor Leo Hussain; Director Christopher Alden; Set Designer Charles Edwards; Costume Designer Sue Willmington; Lighting Designer Adam Silverman
Cast includes: Iestyn Davies (Oberon); Willard White (Bottom); Sarah Tynan (Tytania); Allan Clayton (Lysander); Benedict Nelson (Demetrius); Paul Whelan (Theseus); Kate Valentine (Helena); Tamara Gura (Hermia); Michael Colvin (Flute); Graeme Danby (Snug); Peter van Hulle (Snout); Simon Butteriss (Starveling)