Edwardian take to a classic Bard story

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Director Gary Sefton has returned once more to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate to stage Shakespeare’s celebrated comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Gary’s name will be known to Northampton audiences as he also directed the Royal & Derngate’s A Christmas Carol, Diary of A Nobody and Travels With My Aunt.

This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in Edwardian England, but mischief is afoot and the usual divides of upstairs/downstairs have been turned upside down.

Worlds real and unreal collide, passion and madness erupt, love and magic work their potent charms and love at first sight proves real for some but makes a fool of others.

Taking the role of the fairy queen, Titania, is Amy Robbins, best known as Dr Jill Weatherill in ITV’s The Royal and fresh from starring in the West End as Mrs Johnston in Blood Brothers.

Playing the mischievous Puck is Colin Ryan from CBBC’s Leonardo, and Joe Alessi, last seen on the Royal stage in Brief Encounter, plays the part of Bottom.

The play will run from Friday, April 19 until Saturday, May 11, with performances at 7.45pm most evenings and matinees at 2.30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays (excluding Saturday, April 20).

On Tuesday, May 30, there will be a ‘twilight’ performance starting at 5pm, offering an early evening option to audiences.

Tickets – priced from £13 to £28 – can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or visiting www.

Customers booking as part of the Made in Northampton 2013 subscription season can make savings. See the website for details.