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2017-18 season

théâtre national de nice

le songe d’une nuit d’été

William Shakespeare
Translated by André Markowicz, Françoise Morvan
Directed by Guy Pierre Couleau

With Sébastien Amblard, Clément Bertonneau, Marlène Le Goff, François Kergourlay, Guillaume Kovacs, Anne Le Guernec, François Macherey, José Mantilla Camacho, Adrien Michaux, Ruby Minard, Nils Ölhund, Carolina Pecheny, Noé Pflieger, Rainer Sievert, Jessica Vedel, Clémentine Verdier assistant director Carolina Pecheny stage design Elissa Bier costumes Laurianne Scimemi with the assistance of Blandine Gustin lighting Laurent Schneegans music Philippe Miller masks and make-up Kuno Schlegelmilch assisted by Camille Penager video André Muller production Comédie de l’Est - CDN d’Alsace coproduction Théâtre du Peuple - Bussang with the artistic participation of du Jeune Théâtre National with the support of Fonds d’insertion pour jeunes comédiens of l’ESAD PSPBB-École Supérieure d’Art Dramatique, of Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Grand Est, of la Ville de Colmar, of la Région Grand Est and of the Département du Haut-Rhin. text published by aux Solitaires intempestifs

This Dream, sparkling with humour and sensuality, leads us into a world of desire abounding with snares, feverish excitement and voluptuousness. Let’s all fall under the spell of this Midsummer night!

At last - Shakespeare’s flagship play, this doorway to the work of the Great Master! We journey between the ordered Athens, living under its well-established laws and the mysterious forest, where fairies and sprites hatch their plans with love potions and miraculous healing plants. After a disastrous blunder with some magic in the land of the mortals, a whole series of misplaced feelings of love follows and in the fairy world, Queen Titania falls in love with an ass.
The folly of desire is pushed to the limit, aided by sixteen magnificently mischievous actors. Borders between dreams and reality blur. Characters have to face up to their own innate natures and to the vagaries of Love. The dream of another Humanity unfurls to the charms of original music and songs.

Guy Pierre Couleau gives a humorous, slightly acidic and often dreamlike hue to his directing and superbly brings out the very essence of the Dream: Nature and Man reconciled. Hadrien Volle, Sceneweb
Shake Nice ! festival
Pierre Brasseur Hall Running time 3 h including interval
  • february
  • fri 2 8:30pm
  • sat 3 8pm
  • sun 4 3pm
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