Casting for Filter Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Home in Manchester

Last Updated on 18 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

A mostly new cast has joined Filter Theatre’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which returns to Manchester in June

Midsummer Night's Dream at Home Manchester

The cast has been announced for Filter Theatre’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Home in Manchester including Karl Queensborough who played the title role in Hamilton in London.

The acclaimed production, which originally opened at the Lyric Hammersmith and Manchester’s Royal Exchange in 2012, will be the first at Home’s new pop-up summer outdoor venue, Homeground, when it runs from 3 to 26 June.

As part of a mostly new cast, Queensborough will play Demetrius with David Judge as Lysander, Misha Duncan-Barry as Helena and Leah Walker as Hermia.

Carla Henry, who rose to fame as Donna in TV series Queer As Folk, will play Titania alongside Harry Jardine who is returning to the role of Oberon which he played in the 2018 revival of the production.

Puck will be the show’s co-director, Ferdy Roberts, who is also Filter’s co-artistic director. Director, comedian, actor, voice actor and jazz musician Ed Gaughan will play Quince.

The iconic part of Bottom, Shakespeare’s most famous clown, will be played by a different special guest every night.

The band is completed by London Snorkelling Team founding members, musical director Chris Branch and composer, sound designer and trombonist Pascal Wyse. On drums will be Filter Theatre regular Alan Pagan.

Roberts directed the production with Sean Holmes, the previous artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith, with design by Hyemi Shin, sound design and original music by Tom Haines and Chris Branch. The assistant director is Poppy Clifford.

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