Review: The Crucible Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be long remembered for the outrageously funny musical version of the ‘play within a play’.
The section involving Bottom the weaver and his Mechanicals mates putting on a production of love story Pyramus and Thisbee was reimagined as a rock musical, complete with Bottom (Daniel Rigby in hilarious, razor-sharp form) in a rubber catsuit and the Wall (Liam Gerrard) channelling his inner Brian May.
The Mechanicals really went for it, especially Francesca Mills as Snug, playing an outrageously cute Lion.
Other sections of the play couldn’t reach those highs and the first act scenes with four lovers in a forest a night, befuddled by fairy magic, were a bit flat, but really came together in the second half when there was more physical comedy.
Another outstanding performance came from Bobby Delaney as fairy mischief maker Puck, especially when he got out the popcorn to gawk at the bewitched lovers falling out with each other.
See this show, it will rock you with laughter.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs to October 20.