Lancing academy prepares for summer production

DRAMA students at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy are performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week.

The Alan Strong Studio Theatre has a good reputation
The Alan Strong Studio Theatre has a good reputation

The theatre will become a subtle cross between Shakespeare’s Globe and a sleepy forest glade, while the original Elizabethan-style costumes will transport the audience to another age.

The production runs from June 30 to July 2 at The Alan Strong Studio Theatre, at the school in Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing, from 7pm to 9pm.

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Guy Williams, director of performing arts, said: “The drama department has a reputation for its shows and this is no exception.

“The lighting, sound, make-up, stage management and front of house are all run by our team of students and ex-students. This is how Shakespeare should be performed and with a fresh new take on a classic.”

The comedy is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus and the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta.

The story follows the misadventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies that inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Mistaken identities, magic and passionate love are stirred into the four interwoven plots.

Tickets are £5 adults, £3 concessions, available from the academy box office on 01903 875507.

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