Shakespeare’s comedy will begin performances at the recently revamped venue on March 8, with an official opening night on March 13.
Created in India with a cast of 23 dancers, musicians, actors and performers, Shakespeare’s comedy is performed in English, Tamil, Malaysian, Sinhalese, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and even a little Sanskrit.
The production was first seen in the U.K. as part of the Royal Shakespeare Festival’s Complete Works season.
Following the six week run at The Roundhouse, the Indian Dream will embark on a U.K. tour, after which it will return to India before touring the world.
Supple – a former artistic director of the Young Vic - was commissioned by the British Council to create and direct a theatrical touring production. Funded by the British government – though operating at arms length – the Council exists to promote U.K. creativity and build relationships between the U.K. and other counties. In a statement Supple said of the production, "We chose to work on Shakespeare's Dream because we knew that modern India would illuminate and refresh the experience of this most famous play for audiences in India, the U.K. and across the world. Myth and urban reality; lovers' trials and workers’ struggles; the supernatural, the spiritual and the joyously earthbound; soaring beauty and filthy truth. All this is thrillingly alive in India and Indian theatre today.”
For more on A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is booking at The Roundhouse until April 21, 2007, call (0)870 389 1846.