A Midsummer Night's Dream for Bellingham


A Midsummer Night's Dream for Bellingham

Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

Bellingham Castle will add its own contribution to the celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday.

Next month, on Monday 18 July at 7pm, Chapterhouse Theatre Company from England will present A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

This is Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players.

This will be magical theatre in magical surroundings with

beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful new musical score and enchanting woodland puppet creatures.

You can picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of Bellingham Castle

Chapterhouse has a long tradition in producing Shakespeare performances, showcasing his work in the open-air in the way it was originally meant to be enjoyed.

“It is surprising how little our collective sense of humour has changed over so long a time, but A Midsummer Night’s Dream encapsulates the best in writing, verse and sheer exuberance of theatre and those things seem to last forever,” Richard Main Artistic Director for Chapterhouse Theatre Company said.

“It’s comedy situations and romance are the foundation stone for every comedy and comedic moment that we see in our own time.

“Therefore, it resonates just as deeply with a modern audience as it would have with that of its contemporaries.

“The 400th anniversary celebrations have proved not only the durability but the growth in influence of Shakespeare’s writing. At Chapterhouse we feel quite fortunate to be able to produce Shakespeare performances for our wonderful audiences around the country.”

One review said that Chapterhouse Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was played charmingly.

Shakespeare’s comic tale of love, power and magic within the forest was told through an interesting blend of traditional and fresh ideas.

This lively production is marked by clear delivery and well-choreographed physical antics. Tickets from Bellingham Castle (042) 937 2176. Adult €18 / Child €14 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) €56. Ten per cent discount for parties of 10 or more. Gates open 6pm. PlBring rugs or low-backed seating. Thankfully if it rains an indoor alternative is available.