William Shakespeare’s popular “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre in Kent Street, Sydney. Director Debbie Smith has set the production on the beach, during the 1960s. Actors wearing retro surf gear, with hairstyles to match from the era set the theme, along with the musical soundtrack straight from the Top 40 charts of the mid 60s. The immortal characters Oberon, Titania, Lysander, Puck and Bottom come to life in this modern adaptation.

The large cast kept us entertained, speaking Shakespeare’s centuries old dialogue, whilst acting out all the ensuing mayhem on their beach setting.

“The course of true love never did run smooth” plays out for the audience with great comedic flair, from start to finish.

This delightful story is as relevant today as it was when written hundreds of years ago.

Playing until 28 March with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 4.30 p.m.

Sandra Tiltman

Photo: John Pond

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