The Royal Shakespeare Company has for a long time brought the ancient wordsmith to the nation – and indeed the world – with their renditions of some of the bard’s classics. The Globe in London has seen many reincarnations of the plays deemed innovative and groundbreaking in their remodelling and contextualising of both narrative and staging. This year is no expectation with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play believed to be written by Shakespeare around 1595 or 1596. It is set in Athens, Greece and follows the conflict from a fallout between four lovers. Where the protagonist Puck once led the audience into mysterious and magical forests, Puck 2.0 in 2021 will lead audiences into an online realm in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s most largest digital production to date. 

The ensuing dream will take place as an interactive performance with the view over the course of a 50 minute period. The technology is designed to be as immersive as possible, allowing the viewers to “directly influence the performance”. One noted benefit of the online production is that the show this way can reach audiences “wherever they are in the world.” 

The show will take place Friday 12 March — Saturday 20 March 2021 with more details on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s website. Each performance will be able to host an audience of up to 2,000 online viewers. Interactive tickets suitable for a range of devices are available for ten pounds each, whilst there will also be free viewing only tickets also on offer. 

Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director said: “What’s brilliant about Dream is the innovation at play. An audience member sitting at home influencing the live performance from wherever they are — that’s exciting. It’s not a replacement to being in the space with the performers but it opens up new opportunities.” He went on to describe how “By bringing together specialists in on-stage live performance with that of gaming and music you see how much they have in common. For instance, the RSC’s deep understanding of scripted drama combined with Marshmallow Laser Feast’s innovation in creative tech brings thrilling results.”

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