NCPA drama A Midsummer Night’s Dream to return in June

NCPA June/08/2018
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the first Shakespearian play produced by the NCPA in July 2016. After its premiere, the drama toured Shenzhen and other Chinese cities, where it received wide acclaim from audiences. On June 14th, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will return to the Multi-functional Theatre to present a hilarious classic comedy for the NCPA International Theatre Festival 2018.

This month, Shakespeare’s comic masterpieces returns in its sixth round

The play reveals four young people’s romantic stories link to Athens, the real world, to a fancy forest. As one of Shakespeare’s comic masterpieces, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has an intricate but well-arranged plot: the tale begins in an orderly way, develops without restraint and ends with a happy ending, turning a seemingly unsolvable love dilemma into a romantic, dreamlike comedy on a summer night.

Since 2016, the NCPA has staged Shakespearean plays one after another, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by Chris White, director partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In White’s point of view, Shakespeare’s classicality is not only beyond time but beyond borders. The modernity in his works shows no difference between 400 years ago and today, and the stories composed by him can also be adapted to different cultural fields. Shakespeare is British and he is also Chinese.

The play reveals four young people’s romantic stories link to Athens, the real world, to a fancy forest

In the forthcoming revival performances, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will return with the “forest of sticks”, designed on the spatial structure of the Multi-functional Theatre, whichwill appear before audience’s eyes again. The seventy sticks, simple in structure, will make up a cityscape and forest scenery in a symbolic method. The simple stage setting will prevent audiences from staring at visual spectacles and make the performance more flexible.

Both the stage setting and actors' movement will be adjusted for each round

Revival director ZHA Wenyuan said, “The stage setting will be adjusted for each round of performance according to circumstances. There are also new requirements for actors’ body figure and ability, and we’ll let the actors interact closely with audience in the first round. The present round differs obviously from the first round in detail processing and scheduling and actor placement. The actors will perform in a different way and show something novel.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream will still be performed by the NCPA Drama Ensemble.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will continue on until June 18th, then followed by the NCPA dramas The Tempest and The Birds in August, as part of the NCPA International Theatre Festival 2018, to serve audiences an authentic theatrical feast.
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