Fri 14 Aug 2009
Judi Dench to star in A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Peter Hall at The Rose Theatre
Judi Dench is to play 'Titania' in a new production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Peter Hall at the 900 seat Rose Theatre, in Surrey in the outskirts of London.
Opening 9 Feb 2010, following previews from 9 Feb - running to 20 Mar 2010. (Public Booking opens 14 Sep 2009, but if you become a 'Friend of the Rose' you can book from 21 Aug 2009)
Set in Elizabethan England, Peter Hall's new production sees Titania, the Fairy Queen, as a portrait of the ageing Queen Elizabeth I, fascinated with the theatre, besieged by courtiers but ‘married to the people of England'.
A Midsummer Night's Dream reunites Peter Hall and Judi Dench, an enduring theatrical partnership lasting some fifty years. Judi Dench first played Titania for Peter Hall with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962 and they have subsequently worked together on productions such as Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre), The Royal Family (Haymarket) and Hay Fever (West End).
Judi Dench is a long standing supporter of the Rose and hosted a fundraising gala for the theatre in 2004.