REVIEW ROUND-UP: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Dominic Hill’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy.

Evening Standard: ★★★★ “Hill’s masterstroke is to make sure that the darkness never comes at the expense of the play’s levity.”

The Telegraph: ★★★★ “It’s to Regents Park you must go if you are after something ostensibly a bit more traditional, although if that sounds like damning with faint praise then that would selling Dominic Hill’s bracingly clear, modern dress production short.”

Time Out: ★★★ “Wokoma plays Bottom with a youthful, uncrushed confidence; her performance feels, fresh, funny and contemporary.”

Broadway World: ★★★★★ “All its elements click together to offer a marvellous spectacle of refined emotions and tasteful comedy within an arcane universe that is as alluring as it is unsettling.”

The Guardian: ★★★ “While the tone is too heavy to let humour shine through, it is an impressively unforgiving interpretation, and one that ultimately, and rightfully, favours female voices.”

The Upcoming: ★★★★★ “It’s a funny, fruitful and elegant production, and a trip to this spectacle will have audiences zone out of reality and be wowed by the power of storytelling for two hours straight.”

The Metro: ★★★★ “Dominic Hill directs a bewitchingly dark version, laced with steampunkish glitter, grime and tattoos.”

The Times: ★★★★ “This is an enchantment of a production of Shakespeare’s popular play.”

London Theatre1: ★★★★ “This one is hard-hitting in more ways than one, though there are some good costume designs and choreography to enjoy along the way. Here’s a delightful and enjoyable production to feast on – so long, of course, as ever, as the weather stays dry.”

London Box Office: ★★★★★ “It is a long night, the performance towards the end of the second half, by the “actors”, of the mishap ridden play within a play, for the benefit of their betters, could really drag it if weren’t for the tight direction and faultless comic timing of these supposed incompetents.”

Please Mind The Blog: ★★★★ “It’s perfectly created for an evening performance, getting darker as things get more and more magical, and Ben Ormerod’s lighting design plays a big part here.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream continues to play at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 27 July 2019.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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