REVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Grand Theatre, Blackpool

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WHEN I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream at school, I certainly never imagined Puck the mischievous fairy to be wearing a bright yellow rain mac, red Converse trainers and woolly bobble hat.

But putting the modern choice of dress aside, there was still as much comedy and mayhem in this contemporary version of the classic Shakespeare play.

The talented cast from Sell A Door Theatre Company had the audience in fits of giggles as the tale of love and magic unravelled.

The set was simple - just a white backdrop and moon, a series of doors and green umbrellas as trees - which made space for the actors’ skills to really shine.

Set in Athens, Hermia has fallen for Lysander and Lysander loves Hermia. But Demetrius - who is adored by Helena - desires Hermia.

Confused? You should be.

The fate of the star-crossed lovers is in the hands of Oberon and his sprightly fairy, Puck, who scheme to match the lovers with their rightful partners with the help of a sprinkling of magic.

In true comedy style, their idea doesn’t initially go to plan and so a tug of war breaks out between the lovers.

And to throw even more laughs into the mix, a group of hapless actors - who are preparing to perform a play within the play - entertain with their slapstick scenes, which got roars of laughter from the audience.

The play is delivered with pace, well-timed comedy moments, and great choreography especially when the desperate lovers Helena and Hermia are trying to cling onto their men.

It was a shame to see the theatre less than half full, but there was still plenty of magic in the air.