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A Midsummer Night's Dream

May 2014

Directed By

Pat Richards

Written By

William Shakespeare


Athen, Ancient Greece; Lysander is in love with Hermia which is great, but Hermia is also in love with Lysander. Now Helena loves Demetrius but Demetrius loves Hermia as well. Complicated. Lysander and Hermia decide to run away, head through a forest and Helena and Demetrius follow. Meanwhile, Oberon is mad at Titania, a fairy queen, so he decides to use a magical flower to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees when waking from sleep. She later falls in love with Bottom, whose head was turned to an donkey's head.

Oberon and Puck apply the magical flower on the lovers in an effort to solve problems, but it only makes things worse. Lysander and Demetrius now both love Helena and Hermia is feeling very unloved. And all this takes place on Midsummer's Night.

In their first foray into the world of Shkaespeare the Lovelace Theatre Group are pleased to perform this famous production under the expert direction of Pat Richards.


  • Peformance Times
  • Thu 22 Jan 7.30pm
  • Fri 23 Jan 7.30pm
  • Sat 24 Jan 7.30pm

Cast List


Angela Pushpa-Rajar


Beth Garwood


Tom Morley


Richard Sparks


Roger Knowles


Cherry Chance


Mark Swinson


Ed Turner


Jess Wall


Jen White


Becky Morris


James McBride


Bernie Kirk


Daniel Knight


Emily Giles


Jacob Hunt-Wheatley


Linda Mayes

Mustard Seed

Carly Capill


Amber Cresswell


Sophie McCallin

Production Team

Stage Const & Design

Pete McFarlane
Gary Clark


Tom Inglis


Carl Wilkinson
Ethan Thomas


Bernie Kirk
Jess Wall


Chris Knowles

Front of House

Becs Mayes

Press Review

'The course of true love never did run smooth’ is a famous quote from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

And the intricate plot of this charming play - successfully presented last week by Hucknall’s Lovelace Theatre Group - makes it seem very much an understatement. An enthusiastic cast, blending youth and experience, rose impressively to the occasion of the group’s first foray into the world of the Bard. As Shakespeare might have put it, methinks ‘twas a very good production forsooth.It all amounted to a delightful evening’s entertainment for large audiences at the three performances in the John Godber Centre.

The comic highlight undoubtedly revolves around the play within a play, ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’, which a group of Athenian handymen are to present for the wedding of Duke Theseus (Roger Knowles) and Hippolyta (Cherry Chance).Becki Morris was in truly rumbustious form as one of the group, weaver Nick Bottom, who is given an ass’s head in a spell cast by the King of Fairies, Oberon (Ed Turner). Using a flower with magical properties, Oberon gets his estranged Queen, Titania (Jess Wall), to fall in love with the bewildered Bottom.The same device is used in a bid to resolve a tangled love situation involving four young people, Hermia (Angela Pushpa-rajar), Demetrius (Richard Sharpe), Helena (Beth Garwood) and Lysander (Tom Morley).

But a case of mistaken identity by Oberon’s sprite, Puck (Jenny White), only adds to the chaotic confusion. Director Pat Richards had to step into the role of carpenter Peter Quince for part of Friday’s performance. This was because Jamie McBride, who was cast as Quince, found himself caught up in traffic returning from a business trip to London. Flamboyant costumes for the fairies did much to enhance the magical sequences.

by Denis Robinson