The Guild Theatre, which was founded in 1952, is Sydney’s longest standing community theatre. Thanks to their longstanding pedigree the troupe of Elizabethan players is able to create an exuberant modern twist on Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
It’s almost 40 years since The Guild presented a full production of a Shakespeare play, and director Susan Stapleton knows it’s well overdue. Stapleton’s own dream of staging this magical Shakespearean classic goes back to her years of studying The Bard at University, including a course at Cambridge in England.
“He [Shakespeare] can be very cheeky and bawdy yet, as a poet, frames his ideas in such beautiful imagery that you can’t help but see into the human soul. The fact that this insight is over 400 years old – yet both timeless and universal – makes it all the more intriguing. I’m so very excited and can’t wait to share it with our audiences.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is outwardly about the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. This is Shakespeare’s funniest and most accessible play and will delight both devotees of The Bard and audience members less familiar with his works.
May 18-Jun 9. The Guild Theatre, Railway & Walz St Corner. $20-$25+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.guildtheatre.com.au or Ph: (02) 9521 6358