A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matthew Lenton

Be careful what you wish for, it may just come true...

'The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.'

Unrequited and unwanted love abounds in possibly the most magical of Shakespeare’s comedies.

Four young Athenian lovers flee to the forest where they fall foul of the manipulations of fairies. Oberon, King of the Fairies, Titania, his Queen, and fantastical sprite, Puck conjure a series of increasingly funny complications as the mortals try to find true love with the right partners.

Directed by Matthew Lenton, this promises to be a bold and inventive new production full of romance, enchantment, the glory of human folly and the power of nature.


Cast and Credits

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Oberon/Theseus - Ifan Meredith
Titania/Hippolyta - Flávia Gusmão
Puck - Cath Whitefield
Helena - Roisin Gallagher
Hermia - Anneika Rose
Demetrius - Miles Yekinni
Lysander - Kevin Mains
Bottom - Jordan Young
Peter Quince/Fairy - Barnaby Power
Mechanical/ Fairy - Fraser Sivewright
Mechanical/ Fairy - Grant O'Rourke
Mechanical/ Fairy - Neil Thomas
Egeus/Fairy - Paul Cunningham

Keir Aitken
Aileen Brouwers
Isla Cowan
Blair Cunningham
Katie Logie
Mirren McKay
Maya Pidoux
Louie Plummer

The creative team of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Director - Matthew Lenton
Designer and Lighting Designer - Kai Fischer
Costume Designer - Becky Minto
Composer and Sound Designer - Mark Melville
Assistant Stage Manager on the Book - Zoe King


Our trailer for A Midsummer Night's Dream

See rehearsal photos in our Gallery

Dates, Times & Prices

This production has now ended

Dates and times

Running time 2h 35m (inc 20 minute interval)

Friday 19 October, 7.45pm (Preview)
Saturday 20 October, 7.45pm (Preview)

Monday 22 October, 7.45pm
Tuesday 23 October, 7.45pm
Wednesday 24 October, 2.30pm
Wednesday 24 October, 7.45pm
Thursday 25 October, 7.45pm
Friday 26 October, 7.45pm
Saturday 27 October, 2.30pm
Saturday 27 October, 7.45pm

Tuesday 30 October, 7.45pm
Wednesday 31 October, 2.30pm
Wednesday 31 October, 7.45pm
Thursday 1 November, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Friday 2 November, 7.45pm
Saturday 3 November, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 3 November, 7.45pm

Tuesday 6 November, 7.45pm
Wednesday 7 November, 2.30pm
Wednesday 7 November, 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday 8 November, 7.45pm
Friday 9 November, 7.45pm
Saturday 10 November, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday 10 November, 7.45pm

Tuesday 13 November, 7.45pm
Wednesday 14 November, 2.30pm
Wednesday 14 November, 7.45pm
Thursday 15 November, 7.45pm
Friday 16 November, 7.45pm
Saturday 17 November, 7.45pm

Further information on accessible performances



Saturday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £29
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £26
  • Front Upper Circle: £19
  • Rear Upper Circle: £15
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £14.50

Tuesday-Friday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £24
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £21
  • Front Upper Circle: £16.50
  • Rear Upper Circle: £14.50
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13.50

Wednesday/Saturday Matinees

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £16
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £16
  • Front Upper Circle: £16
  • Rear Upper Circle: £16
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13

Side-view seats are also available: £10-£15
Preview performances - all seats £7.50, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings



Over 60s/Concessions

  • Tuesday - Friday: £2 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities, under 18s

  • Saturday evenings: all seats £15
  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Saturday matinees: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Students - ID required

Registered unemployed

  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday: £1 Stalls tickets on the day (max 20 per show)
  • ID required

School discounts

  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday evenings: £8.50 (Stalls), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
  • Friday-Saturday evenings: Same as under 18s prices
  • One teacher free with every ten pupils
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • Evenings (Stalls and Grand Circle) £5 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Evenings (Upper Circle) £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Matinees: £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949


Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction.
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1.
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment.


A BSL Interpreted introduction to this production


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 1 November, 6.15pm
  • Saturday 3 November, 1pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 1 November, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 3 November, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 7 November, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 10 November, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production

Theatre Class

  • Wednesday 24 October, 10.30am 
  • £6 per class 
  • Includes free coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 30 October, after evening performance
  • Free, unticketed

Matinee Discussion Group

  • Wednesday 31 October, after matinee performance
  • Free, but ticketed


To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.

"An absolutely excellent production"
Audience review by Dhileas Lukas

"Definately 5 stars"
Audience review by Lin Anderson

"a delightful and revealing performance"
Audience review by C G Hughes

"yet another great show at the Lyceum"
Audience review by Simon Bailey

"I was on my feet cheering at the end. Outstanding!"
Audience review by James

"So glad I picked this show, excellent afternoon, we both laughed and cried"
Audience review by Tam

"Loved every moment of it and would happily sit through it again"
Audience review by Mandy

"We had a great time and laughed our heads off"
Audience review by Ciaran

"I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end"
Audience review by Sheila

"Brilliant production"
Audience review by Kerry

"impressed and thoroughly entertained"
Audience review by Jack Brown

"...this fine production"
Audience review by Alasdair H Macinnes

"Excellent production...  A great and fun night out"
@vmcmahon on Twitter

"...this show was amazing. Cast were fantastic and I was glued to my seat" 
Audience review by Gail

"The funniest Shakespeare I've ever seen."
Audience review by Molly Murdy

"Much hilarity... woman behind me was laughing so much she was struggling for breath!"
@FamiliesEdinbur on Twitter

"...bloody hilarious, best Bottom I've ever seen, as it were…"
@lucyarditti on Twitter

"I had a wonderful evening. The acting, set, music, lighting... I just loved every part of the performance."
@VickyM00ney on Twitter

"I thoroughly enjoyed this, and thought it was excellent.... I’m posting this as quickly as I can so the review may serve as a recommendation to others."
Ian Stevenson on Wordpress

"Superb performance... extremely witty, wonderful cast and impressive stage/set #goseeit"
@katherinehmhart on Twitter

"Great fun, well worth seeing this bawdy Shakespearean production"
@aquigley on Twitter

"soooo good! would recommend it to everyone. haven't laughed at shakespeare as much!"
@dolphinaina on Twitter

"Totally sublime!"
Audience review by David Sneddon

"Marvelous performance"
Audience review by Charlotte Arah

"Puck...was a joy to watch!"
Audience review by Jill Young

"Hilarious performance."
Audience review by Watson

"If you haven't already seen it, go...it is fantastic!"
@this_katie on Twitter

"Highly recommend...laugh-out-loud funny!"
@Wallace_College on Twitter

"AMAZING! Can't remember the last time I had so much fun at the theatre! You must go see it!"
@Drevester on Twitter

"Edinburgh - go and watch."
@dsmith_edi on Twitter

"Beautiful and hilarious!"
@jessica_xxI on Twitter

"I have never laughed so much...brilliant!"
@kylematty on Twitter

"Was blown away, hilarious."
@LaurencePybus on Twitter

"Wonderful performance, utterly hilarious...great work."
@Venomous9 on Twitter

"Congratulations...for the most raucous and hilarious Midsummer Night's Dream ever."
@ChrisSmithGMcA on Twitter

"I laughed so much I worried I would be asked to leave."
@aguszka1 on Twitter

"Haven't laughed so much in ages."
@trishsky on Twitter

"Freaking awesome and actually hilarious, loved it."
@CharleyRokitta on Twitter

"Best play ever! Go see it at the Lyceum now!"
@AmyiusB on Twitter

The funniest version I've seen...the whole cast were fantastic."
Blog post by George Allan

"Hugely enjoyable"
Audience review by Peter Upton

"The best A Midsummer Night's Dream I've seen."
Audience review by Annie Edmond

"This is comedy as the Bard intended!"
Audience review by Chris P

"An altogether splendid entertainment."
Audience review for Kirstine Oswald

"An undreamt of treat. Wish I'd the time to see it again."
Audience review by Jane G

Press Coverage


"As a performance this is a memorable reading of the comedy … Highly recommended."
The Public Reviews ★★★★½

"Matthew Lenton’s beautiful and haunting new production... remains both richly comic and strikingly faithful to Shakespeare’s verse"
The Scotsman ★★★★

"...injects even more fun into the play than most stagings manage to access"
The Herald ★★★★

"...bold and innovative... It’s a romp, a revel, and a great night out"
Lothian Life ★★★★

"...magical, joyous...  a bracing, refreshing reimagining of the play"
Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★


Previews and Interviews

"I've always been interested in the magic and the darkness and the beauty of it, and it's nice to be able to spend time in such a different place."
The Herald

"It’s different because it’s my take. I don’t set out to make things different; I set out to discover my own way of doing things"

"It’s snowing at the start of the show which makes it hard for some of the characters to make a living."
The List


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