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NEWS: 21 JULY 2016

STC and Williams explore Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Following his revelatory productions of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, STC Resident Director Kip Williams continues his exploration of Shakespeare with a bold new staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, bringing particular emphasis to the exhilaration, terror and danger associated with sexual awakening.

Performances are at Sydney Opera House from 12 September to 22 October (opening Friday 16 September), with set design by Robert Cousins, costumes by Alice Babidge and lighting by Damien Cooper.

In STC’s Dream, Williams tracks the explosion of yearning and desire that is unleashed as four young people defy parental expectations and go running into the darkness to pursue a different kind of future for themselves.

The sense of magic and enchantment is as heightened as ever but this is no fairy tale.

The forest realm is a place of liberation and exploration, of both dream and nightmare, of transgression, and ultimately transformation, for the quarrelsome quartet of lovers.

Rob Collins, currently starring in ABC TV’s acclaimed Cleverman series plays Lysander. Honey Debelle, last seen in STC’s Arcadia and known for ABC’s Anzac Girls is Helena. Brandon McClelland plays Demetrius, before stepping onto the Broadway stage alongside Susan Prior (Quince) in STC’s The Present. Rose Riley, following excellent reviews in Belvoir’s The Glass Menagerie, is Hermia. Paula Arundell, nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress for Griffin’s The Bleeding Tree plays Titania opposite STC favourites Robert Menzies as Oberon and Josh McConville as Bottom.

This year Kip Williams has already directed two acclaimed productions at STC: Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and Louis Nowra’s The Golden Age.

Having won last year’s Helpmann Award for Suddenly Last Summer, by Tennessee Willams, he is nominated again for his production of Love and Information, by Caryl Churchill.

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Image by Cybele Malinowski