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Wed 12 Mar 2008–Sat 29 Mar 2008, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: The University of Auckland Drama Studio, 14a Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: patrick graham

Theatrewhack, in association with Stage2 Productions and AUSA are proud to present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This production is a fundraiser for the Auckland University Summer Shakespeare.

The play is directed by Auckland University Masters graduate and playwright Patrick Graham, author of iS and Lost Girls, both recently performed at the Herald Theatre. His recent forays into Shakespearean comedy include 2006’s Summer Shakespeare The Comedy Of Errors and 2007’s The Taming Of The Shrew, at the Musgrove Studio.

Comedy of Errors: Fred Drag does Shakespeare! 24 Feb 2006 - Chris Banks. "There's something about the outdoor summer evening atmosphere and setting that allows a director to really go to town with material like this, and go to town Graham has, crafting a version of the play that manages to be absurdist, energetic, innovative and rib-tickling…"

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story of love, magic and mischievous fairies. The play features three interlocking plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of and the Amazon queen Hippolyta, and set simultaneously in the woodland, and in the realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon.

Many of the cast are currently students or university alumni and have already performed in Shakespearean productions, most notably 2007’s The Merchant Of Venice and Patrick Graham’s 2007 production of The Taming Of The Shrew. Additionally, three cast members appeared in 2006’s The Comedy Of Errors, also directed by Patrick Graham.

James Townshend is playing Peter Quince:

From the NZ Herald website’s review of The Comedy Of Errors, 13 Feb, 2006: “The standout performance came from James Townshend playing the forlorn father of the twins. His narration of the circumstances that led to his sons' separation is a masterpiece of comic timing, and at every appearance he builds immediate rapport with the audience.”

Michaela Spratt is playing Bottom, and James Wenley is playing Snug:

From the Theatreview website’s review of The Taming Of The Shrew, 12 Oct, 2007: “Both (Michaela) Spratt and Lee… deliver the goods respectively as the Shrew's implacably sassy Kate and sweet radiant Bianca, who in turn is well matched by her main suitor Lucentio, a loveable lovestruck cornball as played by James Wenley."

Bookings for a Midsummer Night's Dream can be made from February 18 by calling (09) 373 7599 ext 84226, or by emailing

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