National Theatre Budapest and Gyula Castle Theatre, HU

William Shakespeare: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT`S DREAM

Directed by: David Doiasvili

comedy in two parts
based on the translation by Arany János and Nádasdy Ádám

Main stage of Tamási Áron Theatre
03/27 Friday 20:00

3 h 20 min with one intermission
In Hungarian with Romanian and English subtitles

Not recommended under 16 years of age

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular dramas, is about the unusual relationship between dream and reality. The play is often performed as if were a light, cheerful fairytale in which comedy mingles with a bit of lewd sexuality. Humans smitten by love and jealous gods wander through a dreamlike forest, but in the end everyone find’s his or her match. According to the Georgian director this interpretation only touches the surface of the text and fails to capture the deeper significance of the drama. Blunt humor and gentle joviality play an important role in this production, but this only works when the powerful drama of ever-shifting human sentiment, desire, and disappointment, the darker side of our existence, is also there.

David Doiasvili (born in 1971.)
He also staged A Midsummer Night´s Dream for the Royal National Theatre in London, and he passes deeper and deeper in its essence. „The characters wander through a complex emotional labyrinth. Everything that they thought they knew about themselves and one another is turned upside down. The conflicts and encounters between them are trials, and once the characters have gone through these trials, they can no longer live as they lived before. A captivating kind of initiation takes place before our very eyes, somewhere in the confused borderlands between dream and reality – says the Georgian director of Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre.

Cast:
Theseus/Oberon: Ottó Lajos Horváth
Hippolyta/Titania: Eszter Nagy-Kálózy
Puck/ Philostrat: Dénes Farkas
Egeu: László Tóth
Lysander: Tibor Fehér
Demetrius: Bence Mátyássy
Hermia: Kamilla Fátyol
Helena: Kátya Tompos
Quince: Gábor Reviczky
Snug / Lion: Attila Kristán
Bottom: József Szarvas
Flute / Thisbe: Ádám Schnell
Snout: József Varga
Starveling / Moon: József Rácz

Dramaturgy: András  Kozma
Set design: David Doiasvili
Costume design: Róza Bánki
Assistant director: Zsófia Tüű / Péter Kernács
Stage manager: Gábor Dobos, István Lencsés
Prompter:  Anikó Sütő

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