Are you sure
That we are awake? It seems to me
That yet we sleep, we dream.

On a midsummer night, a young woman slips out of her home and away from the strict laws of Athens that give her the options of either death, a convent, or marriage to a man she does not love. She meets her own lover, but her rejected suitor is not happy to be left behind and follows her – pursued by a woman he himself has rejected. As if their romantic lives were not complicated enough, the king of the fairies decides to intervene in their romantic escapades… Meanwhile, an argument between the king and queen of the fairies results in the queen being enchanted into loving a humble labourer who has been given an ass’s head, which completely disrupts the rehearsal of a play to celebrate the Duke of Athens’ wedding.

Hilarious, frantic, romantic and ridiculous, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is justifiably one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, and we feel is a perfect production for The Lords of Misrule to perform in August 2009. We will be using this community to update you with details of the production!

The Lords of Misrule came into existence more than forty years ago, when a group of likeminded students at the Centre for Medieval Studies decided that there was a gap in the city’s amateur dramatics market that could be filled by their particular expertise. Since then, the Lords have established a reputation in York and beyond for putting on productions of both medieval dramas and their own adaptations of other medieval texts. Their aim has always been to make medieval literature both accessible and fun for modern audiences, not by ‘dumbing down’ the texts but by bringing out their true spirit. Recent productions include The Miller’s Tale and The Franklin’s Tale (in Middle English), Apollonius of Tyre (in Old and modern English), Njal’s Saga (in Old Norse and modern English) and Romeo and Juliet (in Shakespearean English but with a medieval setting). The Lords like their performance space to be as evocative as the performances themselves, and so have appeared in many of York’s most beautiful medieval venues.
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