Theatre, Circus, Dance

Chekhov International Theatre Festival and Dmitry Krymov’s Laboratory

A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It)


14-19 Feb 2014

Directed by Dmitry Krymov
Designed by Vera Martynova

Australian Exclusive/Premiere

A hilarious piece of controlled anarchy … a show that makes you grieve for a fallen puppet while also delighting in an acrobat’s ability to perch on another man’s head and produce a bouquet from his left trouser-leg. 

Created for the Royal Shakespeare Company, this work by Russian director Dmitry Krymov is genre-busting alchemy, and in a reimagining of Shakespeare’s great play he imbues such tenderness, grandeur and spectacle, that the theatre seems swollen with joy.

At the heart of this exuberant production lies a love story, with endless magic whirling all around it … fruit, flowers and brilliant five-metre puppets … a massive ensemble, an opera singer, two acrobats and Venya, the performing dog. Dazzlingly executed and abundant in emotion, this stunning production assures us of Krymov’s position as one of the most original directorial voices of our generation.

This is A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a twist. Krymov creates a wonderfully rich and expansive Shakespearean fantasy, focusing with absolute clarity on the simplicity and beauty of the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe.

Crafted with humour, inventiveness and flair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) is a euphoric interpretation of history’s first great love story. This is spell-binding theatre on an epic scale.

Artist Talk: Tue 18 Feb, post-show

Show duration: 105min no interval
Performed in Russian with English surtitles

This production is an immersive theatrical experience where some action takes place off-stage and in the auditorium. Please be advised that all B and C Reserve seating will have moments of restricted viewing. 

Originally commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival which was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the London 2012 Festival.



14-19 Feb 2014
His Majesty's Theatre

Fri 14 Feb, 7:30pm
Sat 15 Feb, 1pm
Sat 15 Feb, 7:30pm
Sun 16 Feb, 5pm
Mon 17 Feb, 7:30pm
Tue 18 Feb, 7:30pm
Wed 19 Feb, 7:30pm


Premium $79
Premium - Friends $73
A Reserve $66.50
A Reserve - Friends/Conc $59.50
B Reserve $49
B Reserve - Friends/Conc $47
B Reserve - FT Student (U30) $25
C Reserve $39.50

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