The RSC and Garsington Opera collaborate at the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company
A Midsummer Night's Dream. Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company

This summer Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company will bring its sell-out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to London’s Southbank Centre.

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company

This weekend London’s Southbank Centre launched its second annual Festival of Love, which aims to celebrate all forms of love, from romantic liaisons to the relationships between friends and siblings.

Over the next three months there will be lots of lovely events at this cultural powerhouse – many of which are free –  and areas such as the new pavilion Arcadia will turn the riverside venue into a colourful wonderland, with plenty of areas to watch elaborate spectacles or contemplate your own views on love.

Fitting nicely into the programme will be the first ever collaboration between Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company, which sold out at Garsington Opera’s home in Wormsley and the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, as they present three performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 22-24 July.

This is a rare opportunity to see an abridged version of Shakespeare’s play alongside the complete incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn. The play will be performed by members of the RSC, under the creative guidance of Artistic Director Gregory Doran and directed by Owen Horsley, and the music performed by the Garsington Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by their Artistic Director, Douglas Boyd.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, said: “This is a unique chance to see two wonderful companies joining forces with two of our greatest artistic voices on a tale that looks at so many aspects of how we humans deal with love. I’m thrilled to include A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our annual Festival of Love.”

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