A Garden Dream

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The spirits, sprites and shadows have been let loose from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and they’re out in the garden…

This August we’re asking audiences to look out for midsummer mischief during the long interval of the performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 11, 13 and 16 August.

Titania and her fairies, Puck and his pixies, and Bottom and his cronies wander the wilds as picnickers enjoy their champagne. Looking for fun, love, tricks and jokes, the cast bring you an alternative dream, A Garden Dream.

Are we awake or sleeping? In love or lust? Sober or drunk? Ranging from profound insight to hearty entertainment, these fairies bring the spirit of the garden alive with Shakespearian folly.


Composer: Lewis Murphy

Musical Director: Howard Moody
Director: Daisy Evans
Assistant Director: Mark Burns
Repetiteurs: Howard Beech, Ruairi Edwards
Stage Manager: Clare Partington

Titania: Julia Hamon
Puck: Tom Verney
Bottom: Jake Muffett

Chorus: Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO 1)

Harp: Aileen Henry
Guitar: Toby Carr
Lute: Wezi Elliott


Daisy Evans and Lewis Murphy have taken poetry from Shakespeare and his contemporaries that reflects the central themes of the original A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Providing an alternative play that might follow the characters off stage, the young company imagine and embody the spirit of the play and bring it outside into the fresh air.

Snippets of music are played out across the lawns, pixies emerge from hedges, fairies from behind trees and sprites leap up from the bushes.

Check back to see a full round-up of the magical mischief after the performances…

And please share your own videos or photos of A Garden Dream here.

Glyndebourne Youth Opera is supported by Conrad Blakey OBE RD, Miss Antonia Gabites and Dr Michael Jack, Peter and Jane How and Joanna Dickson Leach through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme, which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.