Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun Will Lead Nicholas Hytner's Immersive A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom in Nicholas Hytner's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream which has its first performance in the Bridge Theatre's immersive format this summer on 3 June.
The theatre becomes the forest - a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.
The production re-unites the team responsible for last year's smash-hit Julius Caesar. Direction is by Nicholas Hytner, design by Bunny Christie, costume by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti and joining the team will be Grant Olding.
The full cast is Paul Adeyefa (Demetrius), Hammed Animashaun (Bottom), Charlotte Atkinson (Moth), Tessa Bonham Jones (Helena), Oliver Chris (Oberon/Theseus), Gwendoline Christie (Titania/Hippolyta), Jermaine Freeman (Flute), Isis Hainsworth (Hermia), Chipo Kureya (Peasebottom), Francis Lovehall (Starveling), Kevin McMonagle (Egeus), Ami Metcalf (Snout), Jamie-Rose Monk (Snug), Felicity Montagu (Quince), David Moorst (Puck), Lennin Nelson-McClure (Mustardseed), Rachel Tolzman (Fairy), Jay Webb (Cobweb) and Kit Young (Lysander).
A Midsummer Night's Dream runs at the Bridge Theatre from 3 June - 31 August 2019 and has its opening night on 11 June 2019. Evening performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with weekday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (check website for details).
Three hundred immersive tickets at £25 are available in advance for each performance with a special allocation of £15 immersive tickets held for Young Bridge members, a free scheme for those under 26.
Gwendoline Christie is best known for portraying Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. Her theatre credits include Dr Faustus and Mirandolina at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Cymbeline at the Barbican Theatre, Pravda for Chichester Festival Theatre and Great Expectations for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On television Christie's credits also include Top of the Lake: China Girl by Jane Campion. Her film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, In Fabric by Peter Strickland, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as well as the forthcoming production of The Personal History of David Copperfield by Armando Ianucci.
Oliver Chris' credits include One Man Two Guvnors and King Charles III both of which transferred to the West End and then to Broadway. He was in the Bridge's opening production, Young Marx. His other work in the theatre includes Great Britain, Season's Greetings and Twelfth Night for the National Theatre, Closer for The Donmar Warehouse, Women and Cyrano de Bergerac for the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Taming of the Shrew at Wilton's Music Hall. On television he has been seen in Motherland, King Charles III, The Musketeers, The Scandalous Lady W, Bluestone 42, Breathless, Silent Witness, Hotel Babylon, Green Wing, The IT Crowd and The Office. His film credits include The Little Stranger, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and The Gathering. He recently directed Ralegh: The Treason Trial at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
David Moorst won Best Newcomer (Critics' Circle) and Emerging Talent Award (Evening Standard) a year after graduating from LAMDA. He was at the Bridge Theatre last summer in Allelujah!. His other theatre credits include Shopping and F-ing at the Lyric Hammersmith, Into the Woods for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Violence and Son at the Royal Court and Wonderland at Hampstead Theatre. His television and film credits include Grantchester, Partners in Crime, Holby City and Peterloo.
Hammed Animashaun was in Barbershop Chronicles, Amadeus and The Threepenny Opera for the National Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bugsy Malone and Secret Theatre for the Lyric Hammersmith, Measure for Measure at the Young Vic, Hate at the Barbican Theatre and The Boy Who Fell Into a Book at Soho Theatre. His television and film credits include Black Mirror and The Festival.
This is the first time Nicholas Hytner has directed A Midsummer Night's Dream. His previous Shakespeare productions are As You Like It, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night and The Winter's Tale.