A hugely anticipated modern version of a William Shakespeare classic is set for a busy run in Manchester – with all the roles played by women.
The 21 st century interpretation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be staged at the Hope Mill Theatre, from October 6-16, following on from two similar sold-out Shakespeare shows in 2018 and 2019. In a twist on the plot of the original play – which revolves around the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons – this reimagined version is set on Hipppolyta’s hen-do in a Manchester nightclub.
Billed as ‘Canal Street’s explosive imagination meets the instability of Love Island and the classiness of the Real Housewives of Cheshire’, the play has been produced by HER Productions in partnership with Girl Gang Manchester and directed by Kate Colgrave Pope.
The play will showcase young and emerging local talent, with several graduates taking on starring roles in the play. They will appear alongside well-known names including Karen Henthorn, who spent 18
months in Coronation Street as Teresa Bryant in the late 2000s.