THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Worthing Pavilion Theatre

THERE will be fairies, fun, romance and magic when a child-friendly version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream visits Worthing Pavilion Theatre this winter.

The play has been given a transformation by Shakespeare 4 Kidz, who have created a musical version of the story in which a duke is set to marry his Amazonian queen, two sets of lovers elope into the woods, and the audience meets feuding fairies and a naughty sprite called Puck whose mismanaged magic causes hilarity.

Audiences can look forward to laughs when Puck’s pranks leads to a donkey’s head on Bottom and fairy queen Titania awakes to find herself madly in love with the creature.

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The group’s innovative approach has earned Shakespeare 4 Kidz a host of celebrity fans including Dame Judi Dench, who played Titania in Kingston this year.

She said: “I am happy to support any approach that helps children understand Shakespeare’s plays and to realise that they are about emotions that we all share – love, jealousy, anger, etc – all of which can be found in The Dream.”

Every Shakespeare 4 Kidz show uses the whole Shakespearean plot but uses only the most famous original lines and slots them into modern language so everyone, including the youngest primary school children, can understand.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place at the Pavilion Theatre, in Marine Parade, on Thursday, November 11, and Friday, November 12, at 1.30pm daily.

There are additional showings on Thursday at 7.30pm and Friday at 10am.

Tickets: adult £16.00, child/senior £10, parties £10 per ticket, one free teacher per 10 students.

Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk