A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare

West End

Noël Coward Theatre

Until Sat Nov 16 2013

  • © Johan Persson

    David Walliams (Bottom)

  • © Johan Persson

    David Walliams (Bottom), Sheridan Smith (Titania) and the fairies

  • © Johan Persson

    Sheridan Smith (Titania)

  • © Johan Persson

    Sheridan Smith (Titania)

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    Sheridan Smith (Titania)

  • © Johan Persson

    David Walliams (Bottom), Sheridan Smith (Titania) and the company of fairies

  • © Johan Persson

    Sheridan Smith (Titania), David Walliams (Bottom) and the company of fairies

© Johan Persson

David Walliams (Bottom)

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JFEA

Very disappointing interpretation full of cheap physical gags and very little appreciation for the original text. David Walliams ruined it for me - although camp comedy is what he does best, it didn't fit either with the rest of the play or with the original concept. The production was also full of inconsistencies, such as Hermia doing her modesty speech very well, and then spending the rest of the play literally running around in her underwear. A cringeworthy and unappealing experience.

Faye Dawson

I have seen this piece by Shakespeare a few times, but I was still enthralled and delighted. I wasn't so keen on the songs, but apart from that I thought it was superb. I would have preferred it on a magical summer's evening at Open Air Regents Park Theatre.

VS

I had such a good time! It was so funny, i almost peed in my pants. English isn't my first language but i understand the most of it because it was so well played. I will recommended this to every one! The actors where very good!

Jo R

I have real mixed feelings about this show... Yes it is very funny and fast paced (just as a Shakespeare Comedy should be), so fast infact we were out of the theatre at 21:45! The plays directorial feel is very earthy and strangely at odds with the incredibly middle class surroundings of the Noel Coward Theatre. It would have felt more at home at the Regents Park Open Air theatre perhaps? The fairies ravey/70s vibe felt a little outdated (the flower that is used as the potion is shown as 'tabs'), though I liked the 1940s feel to the mortal characters. Costume on the whole was scant and throughout the play often discarded, making me wonder if the director has an aversion to clothing?! Performances were very good, special mention to the lady who played Helena as well as the rest of the 'foursome', the scene in which both Lysander and Demetrius are in love with Helena is perfection. Puck wasn't quite playful or weird enough for my taste (with the chosen style I felt his characterisation could have been really pushed - Iggy Pop perhaps!?)also I like my Oberons big and powerful! Sheridan Smith was, as always, great and played a very sexual and engaging Titania. David Walliams was David Wallams, if you like his humour you will love his Bottom (his Pyramus is most definitely a show stealer). I also loved the rest of the Mechanicals, not only were they hilarious, they worked brilliantly as an ensemble. The singing in the show was a little weird, again I think this is because the style jarred within the space. If you like this show then you should DEFINITELY go and see an outdoor Shakespeare production by a company called The Principal Theatre Company (two shows every summer at Coram's Fields) the style is very very (!) similar.

Jo R

I have real mixed feelings about this show... Yes it is very funny and fast paced (just as a Shakespeare Comedy should be), so fast infact we were out of the theatre at 21:45! The plays directorial feel is very earthy and strangely at odds with the incredibly middle class surroundings of the Noel Coward Theatre. It would have felt more at home at the Regents Park Open Air theatre perhaps? The fairies ravey/70s vibe felt a little outdated (the flower that is used as the potion is shown as 'tabs'), though I liked the 1940s feel to the mortal characters. Costume on the whole was scant and throughout the play often discarded, making me wonder if the director has an aversion to clothing?! Performances were very good, special mention to the lady who played Helena as well as the rest of the 'foursome', the scene in which both Lysander and Demetrius are in live itch Helena is perfection. Puck wasn't quite playful or weird enough for my taste (with the chosen style i felt his characterisation could have been really pushed) also I like my Oberons big and powerful! Sheridan Smith was, as always, great and played a very sexual and engaging Titania. David Walliams was David Wallams, if you like his humour you will love his Bottom (his Pyramus is most definitely a show stealer). I also loved the rest of the Mechanicals, not only were they hilarious, they worked brilliantly as an ensemble. The singing in the show was a little weird, again I think this is because the style jarred within the space. If you like this show then you should DEFINITELY go and see an outdoor Shakespeare production by a company called The Principal Theatre Company (two shows every summer at Coram's Fields) the style is very very (!) similar.

john

Hysterically funny, a really joyful evening, and beautiful to look at.

Patricia Baxter

Sheridan Smith was great, versatile and interesting. I felt that David Walliams hijacked the show and held it to ransome. Too much Little Britain and not enough Shakespeare. I felt uncomfortable watching boys running about in their smalls.

Sophie

Not just the best version of this play I've ever seen, but one of the best plays I've ever seen. Such a playful, original take on everything - from the music to costumes to setting - that took it way beyond Shakespeare. There were even shades of Jerusalem with the tribal, pagan-y fairies. Though, amongst the joyful madness, the language still shone out. Walliams camped it up heroically, but essentially was doing what he's good at. Sheridan Smith was absolutely mesmerising though - the only thing that could have improved it would have been more of her. I think the previous commenter left their sense of fun at home - the world doesn't need another doggedly faithful adaptation of Midsummer Night's Dream, though it needs this version!

Phillip

To be brutally honest I found the show very tiresome. The costumes (of which there were little) were very conflicting in the intended time setting. Some actors bearing quite traditional clothing while others bore ski goggles and bow ties. It was also far too sexual; from the "lovers" who almost stripped each other naked, Helena also grinding on Demetrius, while the mechanicals were clearly homosexuals all prying on one another. The mechanicals were also all very upper-class and posh, which annoyed me as it makes absolutely no sense as they are supposed to be the lowest of all classes.