Shakespeare’s magic adapted for children

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SHAKESPEARE 4 Kidz are bringing their magical, musical version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for two performances on Friday, March 18.

With fairies and fun, royalty and romance and plenty of magic and misunderstandings, this child-friendly adaptation will be making its very first appearance at the Waterside.

There will be songs, dances and lots of spellbinding effects as the fairies create a world of wonder in the woods.

The story involves a Duke marrying his Amazonian queen, two sets of lovers who elope into the woods.

Here the audience comes across feuding fairies and the naughty sprite Puck – not to mention the group of bumbling Athenian workmen who are busy rehearsing a play to entertain the royal couple at their wedding celebrations.

One of the workmen, Bottom the weaver, is one of theatre’s funniest roles, and this is set to be a production to entertain young and old alike.

Using the whole Shakespearean plot, and slotting in the most famous original lines into modern language, Shakespeare 4 Kidz manages to create a performance even the youngest primary school children can understand.

The script flows so easily and seamlessly that most people don’t even realise that about 20 per cent of this version of a true classic is in Shakespeare’s own words.

Shakespeare 4 Kidz are renowned for their engaging productions and supported by a variety of celebrity fans includingV ictoria Wood, Graham Norton, Barbara Windsor and Dame Judi Dench.

Dame Helen Mirren described The Dream as “the avatar of Shakespeare, with something to be enjoyed by all age groups, a great message and lots of fun and fantasy”.

Performances are at 10.30am and 1.30pm, tickets £16.

For fun with the fairies, visit Aylesbury Waterside Theatre box office, call 0844 871 7607 or visit www.ambassadortickets.com/aylesbury (booking fee applies to all telephone or online bookings).