See it if You love great Shakespeare plays, well acted and entertaining. Great costumes, iconic venue
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy Shakespeare. The seating can be hard for the time you are watching
See it if You want a whimsical, fun and easy going Shakespeare experience.
Don't see it if You want to see the more intense Shakespeare plays. But this is still a good time.
See it if You love Shakespeare
Don't see it if You can’t follow Shakespeare dialogue and plot.
See it if you love Shakespeare and the thrill of live theatre that allows for some improv
Don't see it if you find Shakespeare boring
See it if You want something light and funny, are a fan of fae trickery, and would like to see a diverse cast perform a classic Shakespeare comedy.
Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of Shakespeare, nonsense, or at times raunchy humour. If you wanted something dark and brooding, this is not the play.
See it if You don’t mind poor acting
Don't see it if You expect west end quality acting and people who ‘shout’ their lines
"At the end of the day, this play gets done so much...that it’s hard to bring something genuinely new to it, artistically. It’s perhaps a little frustrating that there’s an original route that this one might have taken that it ends up shying away from. But it’s hardly by-the-numbers tourist fodder – it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does have a jolly old time spinning it."
"There’s an uneasy edge to the gleeful comedy of Elle While’s production of Shakespeare’s play. Quite right too. Though often rolled out as a merry romp, this is a story of romantic derangement and control...The darkness never overwhelms the comedy in While’s staging but it’s always there."
"The temperature didn’t quite feel like midsummer this evening, but, yes, the fantasy realm did seem suitably off-kilter."
"The vibe suggests a rave that could perhaps turn at any minute and that gives particular pride of place to the brass-intensive band who knock James Maloney’s score out of the park...Make merry, it seems to be suggesting, and feast on what mirth you can before the madness of the world, like the broom-wielding Puck, sweeps it all away."
"Elle While’s striking folk-horror take on Shakespeare’s romantic romp is a much darker Dream – closer to a hallucinatory nightmare."
"Not every moment is slick, not every idea properly pursued. But this is potent enchantment, equal parts darkness and moonshine."
"With midsummer near enough to take the still lingering chill off London’s air, this production has plenty to admire in its boldness and inclusivity...the play is more open to question as you exit not so much a dream of a show as a hit-or-miss new vision of this ever-vivid play."
"There is little cohesion to the chaos. Nothing can match the boldness of Terry’s performance, and the magic can’t quite find its feet with the fairies. But this ensemble piece is full of bright, playful moments, and the flighty charm of the play’s woodland shenanigans breezes this 'Midsummer night' along."