Octagon Theatre Bolton and Guildford Shakespeare Company Co-Production
By William Shakespeare
Directed By Lotte Wakeham


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM follows four young lovers who find themselves lost in a mystical wood populated by warring fairies, mischievous sprites and a group of excitable amateur actors.

In a co-production with the award winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) we will bring the live theatre experience in to your living room with this online version streamed live on Zoom.

This version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be an especial adaptation of GSC's 2017 open air production which was directed by the Octagon's Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham, who also directs this online version.

This classic tale features some of Shakespeare’s best loved characters, including Bottom the weaver, who is transformed into an amorous donkey, and Puck the mischievous fairy, whose misguided love potions cause hilarious results.

A co-production with Guildford Shakespeare Company.

OVER 50? There will be a free discussion event about the production for over 50s on Wed 30 September via Zoom. If you would like to attend this then please book your ticket for the main production and email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk to say that you would like to attend this discussion. Please note that places are limited. 


This new online production is inspired by Andrew Riley’s original set and costumes designs for Guildford Shakespeare Company’s 2017 outdoor production, which also had original sound design by Andy Graham.

Additional information


This is an online Zoom performance that can be streamed via your laptop, iPad, mobile phone and other portable devices.


£20 per device (max 2 people), £10 per additional viewer


You will need an internet connection to watch this performance.

How it works

Find out more here


Misha Duncan-Barry

Misha Duncan-Barry

Emma Fenney

Emma Fenney

Sarah Gobran

Sarah Gobran

Nathan Ives-Moiba

Nathan Ives-Moiba

Matt Pinches

Matt Pinches

Jack Whitam

Jack Whitam

Creative Team

Lotte Wakeham

Director & Adapator

Matt Eaton

Sound designer & composer

Philip d'Orléans

Fight Director

Assistant Director

Francesca Tennant

Beth Mann

Company Stage Manager & Virtual Background Creator

Reviews from GSC's 2017 production:

“This ‘Dream’ is a masterpiece of fun, invention and imaginative comic business.”

Essential Surrey

"Infectious humour and feel-good optimism"

The Stage

"Quite brilliant, I would never miss one of GSC’s comedies"


Tickets £20 per device (max two people per device) £10 per additional viewer
(Members get 10% off - find out more and join)

To book over the phone call 07860703688 (lines close 1 hour before the performance start time)

How it works

  • On the day of the performance, you will receive an invitation by email.
  • This invitation will include an electronic link which gives you access to the show.
  • Your host will greet you on arrival, and once everyone is assembled provide you with full instructions.
  • Please note, the show will not open before the scheduled start time.
  • The performance is delivered by Zoom, and help will be given in advance of the event starting should you need it.
  • Our team will also be on hand during the event should you have any technical problems.