Living the Dream: RSC show free to watch

Published: 29 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Jamie Morgan (Peaseblossom) in Dream Credit: Stuart Martin

A recorded version of Dream, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which was filmed to explore how audiences can experience live performance in the future, is now available to watch free of charge.

More than 65,000 people across 92 countries watched the première of Dream during 10 live performances in March 2021. The RSC created the work in collaboration with Manchester International Festival (MIF), Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In Dream, audiences explore the world of the virtual midsummer forest. The production harnesses live performance, virtual production and gaming technology. Under the shadow of gathering clouds at dusk, lit by the glimmer of fireflies, Puck acts as the guide as audiences take “an extraordinary journey into the eye of a cataclysmic storm”.

Dream was created under strict COVID protocols, with the company of seven actors working alongside motion capture specialists, audio designers and a movement director.

The production can be viewed on the Dream online web site until Thursday 30 September.