The 22nd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

10 days / 7 countries

27th July – 5th August

The 22nd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival



Teatr Wybrzeże


Theater Freiburg, Germany

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Duration: 170 min | 18+

And in this way, during this midsummer night, the boundaries between people, animals and fairy-tale characters are blurred. Passion and desire rule, and never-ending love suddenly turns into deadly hatred, only to become once again the truest love of all. Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is nothing but a powerful amorous intoxication, an emotional nightmare, and at the same time a beautiful dream, in which nothing is as it might have seemed.

“Admittedly there is a lot of nudity here together with dark desires but Shakespeare’s magic forest sparkles with a wealth of colours and hues like it once did under Max Reinhardt, but we are not talking here about wild, animalistic or even pornographic excesses. This is a Renaissance picture full of grace, beauty and tamed passions, enriched with music, pantomime, dance theatre and complemented by a text that is full of rhythms. The costumes and set design by Katarzyna Borkowska are nothing but a dream: three great shells swim across a painted, ideal landscape. Sometimes they are as closed as oysters, sometimes open like a love-bed – they serve as a place for erotic meanderings.”

Martin Halter, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”

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Director: Ewelina Marciniak

Set design, costumes, lighting: Katarzyna Borkowska

Music: Janek Duszyński

Lighting: Michael Philipp, Ton Julien Guiffes

Choreography: Izabela Chlewińska

Dramaturgy: Magda Kyprjanowicz, Michael Billenkamp

Henry Meyer (Oberon, Theseus), Janna Horstmann (Titania, Hippolyta), Laura Angelina Palacios (Helena), Rosa Thormeyer (Hermia), Dominik Paul Weber (Lysander), Thieß Brammer (Demetrius), Lukas Hupfeld (Bottom), Anja Schweitzer (Puck), Angela Falkenhan (Snug, Lion), Moritz Peschke (Francis Flute, Thisbe), Michael Schmitter (Egeus, Robin Starveling, Moon), Timo Stegmüller (live music)

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