New Take on A Midsummer Nights Dream For Sherman Theatre

Nia Roberts completes the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which runs at Sherman Theatre (14 – 29 October 2022). Nia will return to the Sherman as Titania / Hippolyta in the theatre’s major new production of William Shakespeare’s evergreen classic, following her 2019 performance as Juliana Tesman in Hedda Gabler.

Nia is a regular on the stage, with her theatre credits including Blue / Glas for Chippy Lane Productions at Chapter Arts Centre; the title role in Esther for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; and Lovely Evening for the Young Vic.

Her recent television credits include the leading role of Della in Yr Amgueddfa (S4C/BBC iPlayer); Elin John in three series of Craith / Hidden (BBC) and Silvia Mallard in The Crown (Netflix). Her film credits include her breakout role as Gaenor in Paul Morrison’s Oscar-nominated film Solomon a Gaenor (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA) and her BAFTA-winning performance in the title role of Lois.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be directed by Joe Murphy with new Welsh language adaptations by Mari Izzard and Nia Morais. The Sherman has assembled an exceptional Welsh and Wales-based cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which brings together familiar faces and established names alongside thrilling new talent: Dena Davies (Hermia), Leah Gaffey (Puck), Sion Ifan (Oberon / Theseus), Hannah McPake (Peter Quince), Lauren Morais (Lysanna), Tom Mumford (Demetrius), Sion Pritchard (Bottom / Egeus) and Rebecca Wilson (Helena). Members of the Sherman’s non-professional theatre group, Sherman Players, will be joining the company as the other Mechanicals.

Two of Wales’ most exciting writers, Mari Izzard (HELA) and Sherman Writer in Residence Nia Morais (Crafangau / Claws) will offer fresh new perspectives with newly written adaptations in the Welsh language. Mari and Nia have created new dialogue for the fairies, and other characters whilst enchanted by the fairies.

Joe Murphy’s production promises to playfully upend expectations of this masterpiece including gender roles and sexuality. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in English with the new Welsh language adaptations captioned at each performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the latest, and the first since 2019, in Sherman Theatre’s longstanding series of autumn classic productions which present bold new takes on much-loved plays. This production promises all the magic audiences have come to expect from A Midsummer Night’s Dream whilst offering new insights and opportunities to think about our world now.

In the patriarchal city, you are told who you get to love. Hermia loves Lysanna but is being forced to marry Demetrius. Whilst Hermia’s friend Helena secretly adores Demetrius. Escaping into the woods, these four young people find a world without rules and where anything is possible.

Shining a fresh light on Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of desire, the Sherman’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to be a joyous and uplifting theatrical experience.

To ensure that the cost of tickets is in reach of as many people as possible, the Sherman is introducing a new scheme, Pay What You Can Previews, which will allow audiences to choose how much they are able to pay for tickets. For ticket availability visit The Sherman Theatre website

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