For the first time in many years, an outdoor theatre company will perform in Pinner Memorial Park. The new Heath Robinson Museum has invited the renowned Illyria Theatre Company to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the evening of Sunday 28 th August.
Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play. Add to this a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief, and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening.
Tickets are £14 for adults and £8 for 5-14 year olds. They are available from The Village Gallery, High Street, Pinner or Gibbs Gillespie, Chapel Lane, Pinner or online (booking fee applies) at illyria.uk.com. Entrance is at 6.30pm and the show begins at 7pm. People coming should bring a rug or chair, warm clothes and a picnic. Heath Robinson cards and books, including his stunning illustrated version of the play, will be on sale.
Illyria, an Equity Outdoor Touring Guidelines compliant company, is touring the show to other prestigious venues this summer from Penzance to Penrith. Using only five actors for all the parts and with minimal props, they perform the entre play uncut and at a brisk pace, as they believe Shakespeare would have wished it.
The illustrations which William Heath Robinson produced for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are widely regarded as some of his finest work. In the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Museum trustees are keen to celebrate the association between these two great representatives of British culture.
As all things magical descend on Pinner Memorial Park that week, children will also have the opportunity to make fairies, elves and goblins at a 3D workshop on Thursday 25th August at West House in the Park. For details visit heathrobinsonmuseum.org/whatson