Enter a world of dreams and desire in William Shakespeare's spell-binding comedy.

The Watermill Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Hart

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Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell, performing the intoxicating sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage.

The Watermill Theatre is a regional producing theatre touring work across the UK. Recent touring productions include The Wipers Times, Crazy For You and AmélieThe Watermill Ensemble was formed in 2018 and has developed a dynamic approach to Shakespeare, touring the UK and internationally as well as transferring Twelfth Night to Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

UK Tour supported by The Sheepdrove Trust.


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"Humour, charm and just a touch of chaos"

★★★★ The Stage

"An evening of magical delight"

★★★★ Whats On Stage

Behind the scenes

A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer - My Baby Don't Care (Nina Simone)

Listen to the Director's Playlist for A Midsummer Night's Dream on Spotify: 

Production images by Scott Rylander

A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Watermill Ensemble


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available outside Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.