Since Shakespeare's Globe opened in 1997, fans of England's greatest playwright have had the unique opportunity to see his works performed in an exact replica of the Jacobean theatre where they debuted four centuries ago.
The most recent such production is A Midsummer Night's Dream, which has just opened under the capable direction of Dominic Dromgoole and will run until October. One of the most popular comedies in the Bard's venerated oeuvre, the play is sure to prove a hit with audiences and should be a magical night out for anyone staying in London this summer.
A Midsummer Night's Dream tells the story of four young Athenian lovers, a travelling theatre company and the ensemble of fairies with whom they become entangled. Some of Shakespeare's best-loved comic characters originate in the play, including the mischievous Puck and the unfortunate Bottom, but it's also the source of some of his finest dramatic verse.
The Globe's production will make use of authentic Renaissance costumes and staging. Starring the Olivier Award-winning Michelle Terry as Titania and John Light as Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream is set to enthrall modern audiences in much the same way as it did back in Shakespeare's day.
Certain performances will be accompanied by a pre-show introduction from leading scholars of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, sure to be unmissable for the Bard's biggest fans. For a full list of dates, potential attendees should check the Globe's website.
Tickets start at £5 for those willing to stand, with seats in the raised galleries ranging between £15 and £39. Performances take place at 2pm and 7:30pm, depending on the day, with a special midnight showing on July 12th.
Located in Southwark, a stone's throw from where the original Globe stood before being destroyed by a fire in the early 17th century, the theatre is a genuine tourist destination in its own right. Underground travellers should head towards the Mansion House tube stop on the District and Circle lines.