A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Friday April 28, 8:00 pm

York St John University Creative Arts Centre

presented by the Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre (UKRAINE)


How does the well-known romantic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” sound in the context of a Ukrainian traditional rite?

Shakespeare’s play is seen as a one-of-a-kind ceremonial performance.

In the words of a famous writer, we poetize traditional rituals.

In the global narrative, we locate the key to the national code and adapt it to the present.

We establish parallels with our historical stories by changing the major characters from Greeks to Ukrainians.

At the same time, we leave the foundation to William Shakespeare, and the resulting blend appears current, natural, and unique. On stage, reality melts into legend.

Director Andrii Bilous
Choreographer Nina Zmerzla
Composer Ilya Choporov
Lightening design Mari Hakopyan

Oberon/Theseus – Ivan Potapov, Titania/Hippolyta – Daria Hrachova,  Robin ‘Puck’ Goodfellow/Elf/Director – Vitalii Bobukh, Lysander – Illia Choporov, Demetrius – Roman Novak, Helena – Ruslana Petriakova, Hermia – Nikoletta Mochani, Actors and forest dwellers – all.

Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre is an energetic team that seeks to discover new talents, experiment and conquer the peaks of performing arts.

The theatre has three stages: main (374 seats), chamber (80 seats) and micro (50 seats). The number of premieres reaches 10-12 per season, which allows to show at least three performances a day, involving all the stages of the theatre. Volodarsky and Shakespeare, McDonough and Ibsen, Schmitt and Tom – the repertoire of the Molodyy Theatre has 46 productions that do not intersect with each other in any way by genre or stylistically. Thus, more than 600 performances are shown in one theatrical season.

The Molodyy Theatre participates in national and international festivals, tours throughout Ukraine and initiates the creation of new projects; supports young people, shows initiative and attracts modern, progressive people to cooperation, internships and new collaborations.  Premieres with young artists take place in the theatre every year.

The Molodyy Theatre is a member of the European Theatre Convention, and establishes communications with European theatres and directors. One of the main tasks is the integration of Ukrainian theatre into the European cultural space.

The Molodyy Theatre – is a brave and promising theatre, full of ideas, strength and energy to create new, progressive projects of performing arts. 

We will surprise and impress you! Molodyy Theatre – for people young in mind!

Photo by Oleksii Tovpyha

Participant of the Verona Shakespeare Festival Fringe 2022 (Verona, Italy)

Participant of the Yerevan Shakespeare International Theatre Festival 2021 (Yerevan, Armenia)

Winner of World Theatre Education Alliance 2019 International Theatre Festival (Beijing, China)

Tickets are £10 (full price) and £5 (concessions) and can be booked using the ticket link below

We want to make it possible for as many members of the Ukrainian community and other refugees and asylum seekers from across the world, in Yorkshire, to come and see A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

If you cannot travel to see the show, (or if you can), please consider buying a Pass it On Ticket which we can offer to community members. You can buy these through the booking link.

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