A Midsummer Night's Dream

Benjamin Britten

12 October - 20 November 2024

Dates & venues

Out in the wood Oberon and Tytania, the powerful Fairy King and Queen, are locked in a dispute so fierce it’s causing climate catastrophe.

In nearby Athens live two young women, best friends, one loved by two men, the other by none. When these four escape the harsh restrictions of the city for the freedom of the wood it’s their relationships that hurtle towards catastrophe. By contrast, Bottom the weaver – keenest of amateur actors – is always sure of himself, even when he’s been made an ass of.

Britten found themes close to his heart in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy – night, dreams, the supernatural – inspiring music that is tuneful, witty and utterly beguiling. Martin Duncan’s production is joyously theatrical, conjuring a heady, intoxicated atmosphere where love is definitely the drug.

“How exhilarating to hear an audience convulsed with laughter in an opera house”
★★★★ — The Times

“Wonderfully funny… about as good as it gets”
★★★★ — The Guardian

“Full of wit and wonder”
★★★★★ — The Arts Desk

From £16*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Running time
Approximately 3 hours including one  interval

Sung in English with English subtitles

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Digital (£4) or printed (£8.50 including postage)

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Leeds and Bradford packages
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All packages on sale 24 April

Leeds and Bradford single tickets
Patrons 9 May
Friends 16 May
Groups, U30s & Schools 28 May
All tickets on sale 29 May

Nottingham, Salford and Hull
Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 24 April

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All tickets on sale 25 April

Cast & creative

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James Laing


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Daisy Brown


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Henry Waddington


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Camilla Harris


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Joel Williams


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James Newby


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Andri Björn Róbertsson


Molly Barker


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Garry Walker


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Martin Duncan


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Johan Engels

Set Designer

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Ashley Martin-Davis

Costume Designer

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Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

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Ben Wright


A Midsummer Night's Dream

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