‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’: RAE MACKEN TALKS FAIRIES AND CONTEMPORARY SHAKESPEARE

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Almeida Theatre, London

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By Almeida Theatre

Clare MacMahon and Ashley Hunter rehearse ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the Almeida Festival | photo by Mustpha Ousellam

Custom/Practice are staging a slickly-edited, contemporary take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for this summer’s Almeida Festival. Artistic Director Rae Macken recently took a few minutes to chat with us about the cast, the setting and why those elements make this production of Dream unique.   

Why did you choose A Midsummer Night’s Dream for this year’s Almeida Festival?

We definitely wanted to do a comedy, and we knew we wanted to do Shakespeare, and it’s summer, so you know, we thought, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We also needed something you can manage with a smaller cast, and because the characters exist in such separate worlds, it’s easy to double – it’s only in the last scene there’s any sort…

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