17:00, Wed 9th – Sat 12th October 2013 at Newnham Old Labs
Michaelmas Week 0
‘I have had a dream; past the wit of man to say what dream it was’. A string quartet is playing as the audience are led into The House by a bustling team of maidservants and butlers. Here the Duke and Duchess are busily preparing for their wedding, whilst young lovers plan to steal away towards The Woods. They don’t have to walk far. The Woods is a 1920s club of fairy girls in flapper dresses and impish men in trilbies, a sleaze den of cigar smoke and blaring saxophones, presided over by Oberon and his mistress Titania. This is not just a show. It is an experience.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a much-loved classic; but it has never been performed like this before. Set in the decadent 20s, the audience will be immersed in the action, given 'Love in Idleness' cocktails, and led around the grounds of Newnham College following a team of wandering Mechanicals and arguing lovers as they enter 'The Woods', our very own 20s jazz den, for the first time.