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A Midsummer Night's Dream @CODACROYDON
A group of actors are putting on the first theatrical production in a South London park this summer, following completion of a multi-million pound restoration. CODA are staging a brand new production of Shakespeare's magical comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream in the round at the bandstand in Croydon's Wandle Park, from 30 July to 2 August. Wandle Park is amongst the oldest public open spaces in Croydon. Originally opening in 1890, the park was re-opened in November 2012 following a £1.9m lottery grant, which enabled extensive restoration work to uncover the course of the river Wandle, and provide new facilities. A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, and has been a firm audience favourite for more than 400 years. One enchanted night, four young lovers flee Athens - but fall under the spell of the fairies who live in the woods outside the city, as a group of incompetent workmen rehearse their play to celebrate the impending wedding of the Duke. When the fairies' charms go wrong, and the wrong couples fall in love, confusion and misunderstanding reign. Suitable for all ages, this lively production is the ideal treat for a summer's evening - with seating provided. The production is directed by Ellie Dawes and assisted by Paul Grace, who between them have directed critically acclaimed productions of The Graduate, Macbeth, Rent, Confusions, Earthquakes in London and Alice in Wonderland in the area. A Midsummer Night's Dream runs from Wednesday 30 July to Saturday 2 August at the bandstand at Wandle Park, Croydon, with evening performances at 7:45pm and a matinee on Saturday 2 August at 2:30pm. All tickets are £10, and may be booked by calling the CODA box office on 07858 879019, or online (with a 50p booking fee) at www.codashows.co.uk.
Presented by: Janet Smith
Published on: Tue 29 Jul, 2014
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