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Midsummer Night's Dream 2022Scottish Opera

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Britten's operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's wonderful comedy has had one previous staging by Scottish Opera.  That was launched in 1972 and was performed frequently over the next few years, also being taken on several foreign tours.  It was directed by Toby Robertson, who was known in Scotland as a leading interpreter of Shakespeare plays with the touring Prospect Theatre Company. This new production has also been entrusted to a leading theatre director who has plenty of experience with the classics. Currently director of the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow, Dominic Hill previously ran the Traverse in Edinburgh, and before that Dundee Rep (when one of his classical productions was Shakespeare's original Dream).  With Scottish Opera he has already had success directing Macbeth and Falstaff.


The effects of Coronavirus

It was sadly inevitable that the handful of performances of this new staging in 2020, would fall a victim to the burgeoning threat of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic that swept the world during the first quarter of the year, and continued through to the year-end and beyond.   It was made clear on Monday, 16 March that all meeting places of any significance - pubs, restaurants, concert halls, theatres and opera houses - would be closed for a significant duration. Not only was the Dream cancelled, but also the subsequent productions of The Gondoliers and Utopia Limited. The concert performances of Cavalleria rusticana and Zingari also bit the dust.  It is hoped that they will all be revived when the theatres reopen, with luck sooner rather than later.

The original schedule of six performances, all at 19.15, was: Tuesday 31/03, Thursday 02/04, Saturday 04/04 at Edinburgh Festival Theatre; and Tuesday 21/04, Thursday 23/04, Saturday 25/04 at Glasgow Theatre Royal.


Scottish Opera's 2019/20 Season

The season opened at the Edinburgh International Festival with the European premiere of Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli. The autumn performances got under way with a visit to the Lammermuir Festival on 20 September with a single performance in concert of an unusual double bill - Mascagni's Zanetto and Wolf-Ferrari's Susanna's Secret. The Glasgow season opened with a welcome revival of Tosca. There was a Sunday afternoon concert of Iris, another rare work by Mascagni.  In the New Year there were new productions of Nixon in China by John Adams.  That was the point at which the curtain fell.   As well as Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. the losses included Sullivan's Gondoliers. Further concerts include a pairing of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana with Leoncavallo's Zingari. There were also concert performances of a late Sullivan piece, Utopia, Limited, as well as the usual Opera Highlights tour of the Highlands and Islands.  At least the two Sullivan pieces, along with the Britten, were retrieved as soon as was practicable.

Performance Cast

Tytania Queen of the Fairies

Catriona Hewitson

Oberon King of the Fairies

Lawrence Zazzo

Lysander in love with Hermia

Elgan Llýr Thomas

Demetrius in love with Hermia

Jonathan McGovern

Snug a joiner

Dingle Yandell

Francis Flute a bellows-mender

Glen Cunningham

Tom Snout a tinker

Jamie MacDougall

Nick Bottom a weaver

David Shipley

Performance DatesMidsummer Night's Dream 2022

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

22 Feb, 19.15 24 Feb, 19.15 26 Feb, 19.15

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Mar, 19.15 3 Mar, 19.15 5 Mar, 19.15

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