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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In a wood near Athens fairies, young lovers and ham actors play havoc in antic hay.


We celebrate the 61st anniversary of one of opera’s most popular adaptations. It would have been the 60th anniversary in 2020, except...

Full of sensuality, fun, argument, chaos and reconciliation, Benjamin Britten’s voluptuous and translucent music illuminates Shakespeare at his luscious and comic best.

Paul Curran’s heralded European production is remade for The Grange. Rising stars play the lovers, James Platt sings Bottom aided by a feast of British stars as his fellow mechanicals. The Grange Festival is proud to welcome a winner of our 2019 International Singing Competition Samantha Clarke as Tytania and new kid on the block Alexander Chance as Oberon. Anthony Kraus conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Wild thyme, oxlips, nodding violets, luscious woodbine, sweet musk roses and eglantine launch your sensory trip into dreamland…

  • Supported by — Andrew and Caroline Joy
  • Supported by — Michael and Sue Pragnell
  • Supported by — The Parker Family
  • Composer — Benjamin Britten
  • Librettist — Peter Pears
  • Orchestra — Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Language — Sung in English

Production Team



  • Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson Flute

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