Melbourne City Ballet offers another Shakespearian classic for audiences in 2017, after the huge success of their production of Romeo and Juliet in 2016. Choreographed by Artistic Director, Michael Pappalardo, audiences will see a range of diverse movement, executed by some of Australia’s most talented artists. This comical tale explores the lives of two couples whose lives are affected by the meddling fairies who live in a mysterious forest.
William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is set in Athens.
Four Athenian lovers’ lives are twisted and turned by the meddling of the fairies who live within the forest. Hermia and Lysander are madly in love and wish to marry. But Hermia’s father, Theseus, wants her to marry Demetrius, who is keen to marry her. Her father threatens Hermia with a future in a nunnery or death if she does not obey him. Hermia’s childhood friend, Helena is in love with Demetrius and his romantic feelings are not returned.
Lysander and Hermia run away together into the forest, and Demetrious and Helena follow after. Oberon, the King of the fairies, sees Demetrious and Helena and wants to give her the man of her dreams, with a little help from a love potion. Whilst a person is sleeping, the potion can be poured over their eyes and they will fall in love with the first person he/she sees.
He asks his fairy friend, Puck, to help him with the task. But something goes wrong. Puck unware of what the pair look like, accidently pours the potion on Lysander’s eyes and this is where things start to become chaotic.
“Melbourne City Ballet put on yet another brilliant performance, the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream put their best feet forward and presented some of their best work” – Darcie Virtue, Dancetrain Magazine
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of my personal favourite ballet’s from the company’s repertoire. A beautiful, colourful and fast paced ballet, so much love and planning has made this work simply devine” – Artistic Director, Michael Pappalardo
Please note there is a matinee & an evening performance
5.30pm – Internet sales close
6.30pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Venue Bar open
7.10pm – Theatre Doors Open
7.30pm – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
8.15pm – Interval
9.10pm – Event concludes