Magic, myth, mayhem in midsummer

THE Gold Coast Arts Centre will be transformed into a world of magic, myth and mayhem when Queensland Ballet performs A Midsummer Night's Dream this Saturday.

Following Queensland Ballet's acclaimed 2008 Brisbane production of this new ballet, Gold Coast audiences will now have the opportunity to enjoy the magical tale of gods and fairies, mischief and misadventures, and the confusing path of true love.

Oberon, the King of the Fairies, seeks revenge on his Queen Titania following a quarrel - but the mischievous Puck is not one to trust with a love potion… from the court of Theseus to the fairies' magical realm, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a delightful journey into a mythical world.

Full of action, drama and humour, François Klaus's lavish production is based on Shakespeare's much-loved play, and features several different musical styles, including Mendelssohn's famous incidental music.

“So many of Shakespeare's plays have been successfully adapted for dance because of the way they bring together drama, tragedy, and comedy,” said François Klaus. “This is indeed the case with A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I hope our regional audiences will enjoy the journey into Shakespeare's magical world as much as we have.”

The production features costumes by Noelene Hill, sets by Graham Maclean and lighting by David Walters.



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