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Arcola Queer Collective

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare, with new text by Patrick Cash

Directed by Nick Connaughton

Arcola Queer Collective’s sell-out, critically-acclaimed production returns to Arcola for one week only.

Welcome to the forest. A surreal world of fairies, spells, incantations, magic – disorder made right by the mischief of the night.

When four young lovers escape to the woods, they find themselves embroiled in a battle of wills between the fairy king and queen. Nearby, a group of rude mechanicals are rehearsing for a performance at the wedding of Duke Theseus. When everyone’s paths cross, they become entangled in a heady, unpredictable chaos: one that threatens to tear the fair kingdom apart…

Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with Shakespeare’s original words, and a new text devised by Patrick Cash and the company, this Dream offers a provocative, darkly comedic meditation on love and relationships in the 21st century.

★★★★★ “Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.” Gay Times

Monday – Saturday evenings at 8pm
£12 / £10 concessions

Saturday matinee at 3:30pm
£12 / £10 concessions

Gala night – Friday 18 December
All tickets £25. Includes admission to the show, a complimentary drink, a post-show discussion and music from Rudi Douglas. Support the Collective to create their next show!

Running time: 2 hours approximately (including interval)
Recommended for ages 16+
In Studio 1, seating is allocated.

Please note that this show is not eligible for booking with Arcola Passport.


Sheena Anyanwu
Diego Benzoni
Miss Cairo
Daniel Correia
Anthony Cranfield
Vickie Dillon
Rudi Douglas
Camilla Harding
James Hartley
Stuart Honey
Damien Hughes
Krishna Istha
Rubyyy Jones
Damien Kileen
Bex Large
Phil Rhys Thomas


William Shakespeare, with new text by Patrick Cash


Nick Connaughton

Costume Designer

Lydia Cawson

Lighting Designer

Markus Tarasenko Fadum

Sound Designer

Kirsty Gillmore

Original Music

Rudi Douglas

Assistant Director

Daniel Correia

Assistant Director

Ross Crosby


Holly Revel


Rubyyy Jones
Suitable for
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

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