A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Henry V – National Tour

Merely Theatre created their first national tour in the spring of 2016, produced by The Production Exchange.

Henry V told the story of young King Henry’s famous victory at Agincourt while outnumbered, but underestimated, by the French. The show uses football shirts to separate the French and English armies in Shakespeare’s most patriotic History play.  An exciting, humorous and profound portrait of the birth of modern England.

"Outstanding... absolutely explodes with energy and the excitement that the cast project is infectious... a lesson in how to do Shakespearian histories in an accessible, likeable, and approachable way." Everything Theatre

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream playfully depicted the comically intertwining tales of feuding forest gods, midnight elopements and staging a theatre show. This energetic production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy stayed true to the text while presenting it in an exuberant and stripped back style.

"This exuberant young company bubbles, tumbles and buffets its way through a performance like rushing water over rapids... with frantic pace, but absolute clarity... this is cracking theatre, and a triumph of resourcefulness and invention." Eastbourne Herald

 

VENUES

Uppingham Theatre

Lincoln Theatre Royal

Wakefield Theatre Royal

Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Lakeside Theatre, Colchester

Farnham Maltings, Farnham

The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

Eastwood Park Theatre,

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Maltings Arts Centre, St Albans

Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Theatre N16, London

Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Theatre At The Mill, Newtonabbey

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

Island Arts, Lisburn

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

 

Arts Council England

Merely Theatre has honed a style that strips the Bard back to basics - no gauche sets, frilly collars or fussy props; just the actors, the audience and the text. Now the company are stripping back something more profound: the concept of gender. The rep company consists of ten actors, five male and five female. For any given performance five actors, regardless of gender, take to the stage – will you see a female Henry V, or a male Titania? Who knows...

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