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Sunday 21 September 2014

Shakespeare cast are hoping for Dream performance

Michael Staines

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

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Actors Neill Fleming, Matthew Ralli and Paul Marron set to perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the gardens of Dublin Castle

THE STAGE is set for the gardens at Dublin Castle to play host to a special glam rock production of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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The show is running in honour of the Bard's 450th birthday and organisers are promising to put a special spin on the tale for first-time audiences.

"For anyone that knows their Shakespeare, they would know that this is a very funny play, so we thought we could break down the barriers a bit for those that are unfamiliar with his work," said producer Melissa Nolan.

"We thought we would put a little bit of a twist on it and bring in a bit of glam rock, seventies music and seventies style to it, so it is a bit of fun for the whole family," she said.

On the insistence of the show's director, Cathal Quinn, a teacher of voice and speech at the Lir academy, the original Shakespearean script will remain unchanged – though it will be performed to the sounds of David Bowie, T-Rex and Queen.

"They are the big ones that people will know instantly, regardless of whether you are into Shakespeare or not," said Ms Nolan. "Visually as well, it is a really colourful production, there are some great costumes."

The five to six hundred seats available for each showing make it one of the biggest theatrical productions in Ireland and rain or shine, the show will go on.

"I think for the opening weekend the weather is supposed to be fantastic," said Ms Nolan.

"If we can't perform in the gardens, we will move indoors, but regardless of whether the heavens open, we will be performing."

The show runs from July 23 – August 3 and tickets are available from entertainment.ie for €6.

Irish Independent

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