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Overview

Enter a world of dreams and desire for a soulful, spell-binding comedy.

Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage.

The Watermill Theatre is a regional producing theatre touring work across the UK. Recent touring productions include The Wipers Times, Crazy For You and Amélie.

The Watermill Ensemble was formed in 2018 and has developed a unique approach to Shakespeare, touring to thousands of people in the UK and internationally as well as transferring Twelfth Night to Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

UK Tour supported by The Sheepdrove Trust

Meet the Cast

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Billy Postlethwaite Q&A

Billy Postlethwaite Q&A

Lighthouse, Poole

Watermill’s highly acclaimed productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth are sure to be among the season highlights this autumn at Lighthouse. The visceral productions are directed by Paul Hart and feature soundtracks of contemporary music played by an ensemble of accomplished actor-musicians. Billy Postlethwaite is playing Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and reviving his electrifying performance as Macbeth – a role so closely associated with his late father Pete. Here he takes a moment to field a few questions…

Billy, for those who might not be aware of them, please could you describe Paul Hart’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth?

Full of energy, life, music and hopefully accessible to all. 

You’ve said that Shakespeare’s plays can affect your decisions and actions off stage in real life – how will you manage the influence of two such disparate characters as Lysander and Macbeth on this tour?

A few pints after the show…!

What do you love about Lysander and Macbeth – have they got anything in common?

Both have a thirst and vigour for life but don’t always make the best decisions, in fact quite often terrible ones. This I can relate to very strongly, but the hope is you identify with the humanity in these decisions.

How do you leave those characters behind at the end of the night, especially when you play both in the same week, or even the same day?

I’ve recently got into wild swimming and I find the cold water a brilliant way of resetting the system.

TV viewers will know you from Holby City and, of course, Game of Thrones – how difficult is it to strike a balance between stage and screen work?

I honestly don’t think about it too much I just roll with what comes next. Beggars can’t be choosers!

What’s next for you?

Christmas…!

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