Northern Ballet’s much loved Olivier-nominated dance version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at Milton Keynes this week. The Company will perform the magical production, choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, at Milton Keynes Theatre from 20 –  24 May

Northern Ballet dancers Darren Goldsmith and Antoinette Brooks-Daw in David Nixon's A Midsummer night's Dream. Photo Emma Kauldhar

In Northern Ballet’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play, which is co-directed by Patricia Doyle, the romantic antics of a touring dance company are played out as it travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh. Nixon’s choreography brings out the comedy, romance and entanglements of this enchanting story. His Dior-inspired costumes, along with stylish black and white sets, provide a dazzling contrast to the glorious technicolour of the dreamworld.

Northern Ballet dancers Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Hironao Takahashi in David Nixon's A Midsummer night's Dream. Photo Emma Kauldhar

David Nixon says, ‘My version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about young dancers and the passions and tribulations that a young touring company get themselves entangled in. It was really important to me to bring the romantic elements out of this much loved story. I always enjoy seeing the reaction of the audience to this ballet. It’s great to hear them laughing! The ballet is very playful and uplifting and I think many people are pleasantly surprised to see so much humour captured in dance.’

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed against stunning sets by Duncan Hayler with music by Felix Medelssohn and Johannes Brahms, arranged by John Longstaff and performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

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