A Dream that transcends language itself; a Dream as gorgeous to the senses as it is thrilling to the mind; a Dream beyond your wildest imaginings. This Indian Dream combines ancient traditions and modern urban sensibilities in a glorious fusion of styles and techniques.
This production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is presented by a company of 23 Indian and Sri Lankan artists whose skills are as diverse as their backgrounds – not only actors but also dancers, singers, musicians, street acrobats and martial arts experts. The play is spoken not only in English but also in tongues native to its performers: Tamil, Malayalam, Sinhalese, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Sanskrit. The result is a Dream that transcends language itself; a Dream as gorgeous to the senses as it is thrilling to the mind.
Following its sensational first run in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the production played to packed houses at the Roundhouse in London, England, and twice in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works festival. After a sell-out British tour, it is now playing to audiences around the world.
By arrangement with Roger Chapman, Matthew Byam Shaw and Act Productions. Original production commissioned by the British Council. First presented in the UK at the Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival in June 2006.