Outdoor theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream by The Pantaloons
Pack a picnic and something to sit on and venture onto our grounds after hours for an evening of lively entertainment.
The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company are touring the UK this summer with their hilarious open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed in their own distinctive and anarchic style.
With a cast of just talented five actor-musicians playing all the roles, audiences can expect plenty of quick-changes and larger-than-life characters.
This fast-paced production, brimming with comic energy, is sure to put a smile on even the glummest face; with audience interaction, contemporary references, slapstick and original live music all nestled comfortably within Shakespeare’s beautiful verse.
This is the Bard done right: by making the clowns an integral part of the show, The Pantaloons bring a genuinely traditional element back to Shakespeare’s work, making it accessible to people of all ages without dumbing down.
The Pantaloons began life over ten years ago busking plays for donations in parks and on the streets, where they developed an attention-grabbing, interactive and playful performance style.
Since then The Pantaloons’ reach, popularity and reputation has grown each year, picking up plenty of loyal followers, garnering lots of critical acclaim and quickly becoming one of the country’s most prolific touring companies, indoors and out.
The company characterises its work as post-modern folk theatre, taking well-loved tales and giving them a contemporary twist to make them accessible. As well as many Shakespeare plays the company have tackled classics such as The Canterbury Tales, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bleak House and the complete History of Britain.
Mark Hayward, who has toured with the company since the beginning, says “Our style is accessible for everyone: from small children who enjoy the interactive moments and live music to teenagers who discover a fun new way to approach their Shakespeare studies; from people who have never seen a Shakespeare production before to die-hard Bard fans who get all the inter-textual jokes.”
“In our productions the audience’s imagination is just as important as ours”, he says. “We invite them into the world of the play and a scene’s direction can completely change based on an audience member’s suggestion.”
Bring a picnic and something to sit on, dress for the weather and join The Pantaloons for a real Dream of a performance – in the open-air where it belongs.