Shakespeare returns to King’s Ely

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows last year’s staging of The Tempest

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is being staged at King’s Ely tonight (June 5).

The modern incarnation of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, celebrating their 15th birthday this year – and 425 years since the original company was created – are bringing the open-air production to the picturesque gardens of King’s Ely’s Old Palace.

With audiences encouraged to bring picnics, a chair or blanket and a glass of something chilled, the show follows last year’s staging of The Tempest.

King’s Ely wasn’t the only place staging The Tempest last year – the Young Shakespeare Company put on a performance of the stormy tale for pupils at St Benedict’s, Ealing

Artistic director, Peter Stickney, said: “This supernatural comedy of mischievous fairies, confused lovers and rude mechanicals is an intoxicating tale of clarity found from chaos, as tangled love gives way to happily ever-afters. A play like this, set outdoors and in our trademark style bursting with song and magic, makes for an evening not to be missed!”

The production starts at 7pm, although doors open at 6pm to allow people to set up their picnics, etc. For further info, please visit

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