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Oberon and Titania

Midsummer Night's Dream

Summer Tour 2008
The Crescent Theatre Touring Company presents

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

June and July 2008 at venues throughout the region

24th-26th June at 7:45pm: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Tickets: £10.50 on the night, £8.50 in advance (No Concessions)

28th June at 7.00pm: Castle Bromwich Gardens
Tickets: £8.50 (No Concessions)

5th-6th July at 7.00pm: Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £5)

18th-19th July at 7.00pm and 20th at 3.00pm: Harvington Hall
Tickets: £11 (Children under 16: £8)

The Crescent’s ever popular tour is again visiting beautiful locations around the region – bring a picnic and your own seating – and sit back and enjoy a classic of outdoor theatre.  You can buy tickets from the theatre or the venues directly.

Celebrations are planned to mark the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Egeus brings his rebellious daughter Hermia in front of the Duke.

She is refusing to marry Demetrius, her father's choice, because she is love with Lysander. The Duke orders Hermia to obey her father or, according to Athenian law, she must face death or enter a convent. Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide their plan to their friend Helena and she, in love with Demetrius and hoping to win his affection, tells him of the plan. That night, all four lovers steal away into the forest.

A group of Athenian tradesmen, led by Peter Quince, are planning to perform a play, 'The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe' in celebration of the Duke's wedding. They decide to rehearse in the same forest.

Oberon and Titania, fairy rulers of the forest, have quarrelled over Titania's refusal to give up her boy page to Oberon. He sends Puck to find a magic plant, the juice of which, squeezed on the eyes of someone asleep, will cause them to fall in love with the first creature they see on waking. Oberon uses the juice on Titania and she falls rapturously in love with Bottom, one of the tradesmen who has been bewitched by Puck. Oberon also tells Puck to use it on Demetrius, so that he will fall in love with Helena, but Puck, mistaking the two Athenian youths, uses it on Lysander instead, who promptly falls in love with Helena...

For tickets you can contact the venues directly or call the Box Office on 0121 643 5858

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Box Office: 0121 643 5858
The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE. Company No: 699933, Charity No: 245054