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A Midsummer Night's Droll

A Midsummer Night's Droll


In 1642 Theatre was made illegal.

Theatre didn’t die.

Without a stage, without costumes or props, one man made it his mission to keep performing and to keep British theatre alive – stitching together half-remembered Shakespearean scenes and strange medieval interludes, soaking them in sex and violence and bawdy, unintellectual humour.

So it was that a strange and dangerous new type of illegal theatre was born: The Droll.

Award-winning fringe company the Owle Schreame present a wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the 1640’s, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago. “The Merry Conceited Humours of Bottom the Weaver” has remained unperformed ever since. Until now. Come join the Owle Schreame and make history once more, as Shakespeare spins in the ground beneath you in the historic London premiere of the earliest surviving Shakespearean performance text, the earliest surviving Shakespearean adaptation, and a genuine piece of 17th century guerrilla theatre – hot on the heels of 5 star sell out runs at Edinburgh 2018, VAULT 2019, and the Warsaw English Theater of Poland. FIRST PRODUCTION IN OVER 350 YEARS!

“Hilarious. It’s rip-roaringly, grotesquely, anarchically funny.” EXEUNT
“a hysterical, stomach-achingly funny version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream” THE SKINNY
“a useful reminder that British silliness has a very long and disreputable history.” THE EDINBURGH REVIEW

Suitable for ages 12yrs+



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