2010 sees Shakespeare return to the town's Rose Theatre in the form of the classic 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. The cast will include Dame Judi Dench as Titania, the fairy queen (loosely based on Elizabeth I). Oliver Chris will play Bottom and other cast members will include William Chubb, Msimisi Dlamini and Charles Edwards.
The run will commence on February 9th 2010 and finish on March 20th. Tickets are priced from £8 to £37.50 including special stage-side pit cushion seats for £8 (bring your own cushion!).The performance will also be signed on March 5th.
Dench needs little introduction - she has appeared in countless theatre productions and TV productions including 'Cranford' and 'As Time Goes By'. But she is probably more familiar for her film roles in 'Iris', 'Shakespeare In Love' and the James Bond series as M. Oliver Chris has appeared in 'The IT Crowd', 'The Office' and 'Sharpe' as well as the film, 'The Gathering'. The rest of the cast are experienced and regular stage performers.
This Peter Hall production proves that you don't need to leave Zone 6 for the best in cultural dramatics from England's famous bard.