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The Lyric Hammersmith And Filter Announce Casting For The UK Tour Of A Midsummer Night's Dream


The Lyric Hammersmith And Filter Announce Casting For The UK Tour Of A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Lyric Hammersmith and Filter's critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream today announces the casting for the UK tour, which opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on Friday 13 April 2018. The cast and band includes Allyson Ava-Brown, George Fouracres, Daniel Fraser, David Ganly, Harry Jardine, Matt King Smith, Amy Marchant, Kayla Meikle, Alan Pagan, Michael Palmer and Dharmesh Patel.

Following the production's hugely successful run at both the Lyric Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Manchester in 2012, the production was revived in 2016 at the Lyric and then toured to Brisbane Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival. This riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare's best loved plays now returns for a seven-week UK tour. Featuring original live music, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.

Sean Holmes, Director and Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith, said "I'm delighted that the Lyric is back touring the country and especially thrilled that Filter's Lyric Dream is the focus of this major national tour. We hope new audiences everywhere will delight in its anarchy, its irreverence and its fun."

Tour Dates:

Lyric Hammersmith

13 & 14 April 2018


Box Office: 020 8741 6850

Hull Truck Theatre

17 April - 21 April 2018


Box Office: 01482 323638

Theatr Clwyd

24 April - 28 April 2018


Box Office: 01352 701521

Nuffield Southampton Theatres

01 May - 05 May 2018


Box Office: 023 8067 1771

Exeter Northcott Theatre

08 May - 12 May 2018


Box Office: 01392 726363

Oxford Playhouse

15 May - 19 May 2018


Box Office: 01865 305305

Cast in Doncaster

22 May - 26 May 2018


Box Office: 01302 303 959

Cambridge Arts Theatre

05 June - 09 June 2018


Box Office: 01223 503333

The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK's leading producing theatres. For more than a hundred and twenty years it has been responsible for creating some of the UK's most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work. It has also gained a national reputation for its work with and for children and young people and creates pathways into the arts for young talent from all backgrounds, helping to diversify our industry. Recent productions include our critically acclaimed annual pantomimes, the smash hit Bugsy Malone, the international tour and co-production with Filter Theatre of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lesley Sharp in Simon Stephen's new version of Chekhov's The Seagull and the UK premiere of the international phenomenon Terror.

The Lyric's dual commitment to producing the highest quality contemporary theatre, whilst nurturing the creativity of young people is what makes it unique within the cultural ecology of the UK. It is a local theatre rooted in its community with a national and international reputation for the quality and innovation of its artistic work.

In April 2015 the Lyric reopened following a multi-million pound capital project, which saw the addition of the Reuben Foundation Wing housing state-of-the-art facilities for theatre, dance, film, music, digital and more. The 'new' Lyric is now the largest creative hub in West London and home to an innovative partnership of like-minded leading arts organisations who work together to deliver life-changing creative opportunities for thousands of young West Londoners.

Filter originated as a contemporary deviser of new pieces. Faster premiered at the Battersea Arts Centre in 2003, playing The Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, touring the UK, Germany and New York. Water, directed by David Farr for The Lyric Hammersmith in 2007, was revived for the Tricycle, the Sydney Theatre Company and New York's Next Wave Festival, BAM. Silence, commissioned and produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, premiered in May 2011 at Hampstead Theatre.

Filter has produced several interpretations of classic texts: Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle for the National Theatre (2006); Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for the RSC and the Tricycle Theatre (2007); Chekhov's Three Sisters for the Lyric Hammersmith (2010); and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for a UK Tour and Lyric Hammersmith/ Manchester Royal Exchange (2012). Each project aspired to pin-point the very heart of the plays by uncovering the light and darkness of the language and the lyricism of the text.

Between 2015 and 2017 Filter's production of Twelfth Night undertook a 23 week tour of India, USA and UK. Our co-production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Lyric Hammersmith was seen in Brisbane and Dublin.

There are many new works in the pipeline for Filter. Among them are The Western Project for the stage, directed by Michael Boyd and written by David Greig. In addition Filter and writer David Watson are adapting Charles Dickens' psychologically disturbing ghost story The Signalman. All Filter's work tours the UK, Europe and beyond, reaching a wide and diverse audience, young and old.

Artistic Directors: Oliver Dimsdale, Tim Phillips, Ferdy Roberts
Artistic Associates: Jonathan Broadbent, Tom Haines, Gemma Saunders, Victoria Moseley
Producer: Tim Smith, Finance Manager: Daniel Morgenstern

This tour is supported by the Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund.

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