A Midsummer Night's Dream on the big screen description
A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Big Screenwill be on pre-sale for Friends of Adelaide Festival from 29 September 2020. Friends receive a host of great benefits including a 15% discount on applicable tickets.
Grab some friends, pack your chairs and picnic rug and join us in Elder Park to watch this magical opera on the big screen under the stars.
Benjamin Britten’s musical transformation of Shakespeare’s most loved comedy is something of a miracle: apart from a single short sentence, every word is that of England’s finest poet; every fibre and comic nuance of the play is preserved.
And while a lesser composer might have merely adorned a masterpiece, he created a new one of his own: with its graceful haunting melodies, iridescent orchestration, headily perfumed harmony, and filigree-like vocal textures - there’s nothing in the repertoire like it.
Inspired singing and hilarity... a triumph!
Chicago Classical Review
Neil Armfield’s special affinity with Britten’s operas has been lauded worldwide. “Definitive” and “staggering” was the UK and US critical consensus for his multi-award-winning Billy Budd and audiences lucky enough to have experienced his Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw rate them just as highly. Despite its proudly Australian creative team, this missing piece of the puzzle has been seen abroad but never at home.
Magical, otherworldly and playful, it bears all the hallmarks of his exceptional craft: drawing subtle and truthful comedic performances, letting his fairies rip as real kids and, in the finale, delivering a belly laugh-inducing riot.
We’ve endured a year like no other. Seize the chance to laugh and gasp with other human beings. Enter this blissful bubble and surrender to the trusted experts: Shakespeare, Britten and Armfield.
A fantastical soundworld that envelopes you in its glittering magic
Event additional information
A co-production of Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Canadian Opera Company, presented by Adelaide Festival in association with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Composer Benjamin Britten Libretto Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears after Shakespeare
Directed by Neil Armfield Set and Costume Design Dale Ferguson Choreography/Associate Director Denni Sayers Lighting Damien Cooper
The Fairies Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen as Oberon Rachelle Durkin as Tytania
Mark Coles Smith as Puck
The Lovers Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Theseus Fiona Campbell as Hyppolita Andrew Goodwin as Lysander Taryn Fiebig as Hermia James Clayton as Demetrius Leanne Kenneally as Helena
The Mechanicals Warwick Fyfe as Bottom Kanen Breen as Flute Douglas McNicol as Quince Jud Arthur as Snug Norbert Hohl as Snout Pelham Andrews as Starveling
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Carter Associate Conductor Brett Weymark
Young Adelaide Voices Director Christie Anderson
The presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been made possible by the Adelaide Festival Chairman’s Circle, the Adelaide Festival Opera Donor Circle (Leading Patron Maureen Wheeler AO) and MM Electrical.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are you doing to ensure the event is COVID safe for audiences?
A Midsummer Night’s DreamOn the Big Screen will be operating under a COVID Management plan approved by the SA Department of Health. Our COVID plans will be updated to align with the changing situation and this page will be updated with any additional information available over time.
Elder Park will be fenced and tickets will be sold in zones with restrictions on capacity to enable adherence to social distancing requirements
COVID Safe Marshals and Front of House will manage and monitor social distancing.
Standard contact information from all ticket buyers will be collected, as required by SA Health, should contact tracing need to occur.
Sanitising and hand washing facilities will be readily available.
All site environments will be regularly cleaned and procedures put in place to mitigate risk.
However, being COVID Safe is a responsibility we share with you. Please make sure you check in to the event via scanning your ticket upon entry into the park and always remember to
ACCESS How do I buy tickets? A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Big Screen is currently on pre-sale for Friends of Adelaide Festival only, who receive a host of great benefits including a 15% discount on applicable tickets. Tickets will be on sale to general public on 19 November, when the full AF21 program will also be announced.
What time should I get there? Gates open at 5:00pm, the screening starts at 8:00pm.
How long is the concert? The event runs for 2 hrs 55 mins, including a 20 minute interval.
Where can I enter the event? There are two entrance gates. One on King William Road (adjacent Victoria Drive). The other on the Riverbank, near the foot bridge. Make sure you check out the map of the park, highlighting entry gates and seating areas.
Is there an accessible Viewing Area? A cordoned off viewing area will be made available for patrons with access needs, including spaces for wheelchair users, companions and those requiring access to a hearing loop. Please call BASS on 131246 to purchase your ticket in this area. Make sure you check out the map of the park before buying your tickets.
Is there an accessibility drop off zone? Yes. The Adelaide Festival Centre Accessible Drop-Off Point (the horseshoe area) situated off King William Road, at the corner of Festival Plaza. Make sure you check out the map of the park before buying your tickets.
FACILITIES Are toilets available on site? Temporary toilets (including accessible toilets) will be available on site, as well as the public toilets next to Alure.
Is there any catering/food/drinks? BYO alcohol is NOT allowed. There will be bars and a variety of quality catering on site. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from 5:00pm until the end of the concert. Reusable water bottles are permitted but strictly no glass please! There will be 2 free water refill stations available onsite.
Is there an ATM on site? There are no ATM’s in Elder Park. Please note our bars will be cashless, and that cashless payments at all other vendors will be preferred.
Is there first aid on site? There will be dedicated first aid on site for the event as well as security to ensure a fun and safe experience to all guests. Refer to our Front of House staff if you need anything during the event.
Is there a smoking area on site? Please note that smoking is not permitted in all general areas as this is a smoke-free site. While we’d prefer you not smoke at all, a designated smoking area will be available and our Front of House staff can point you towards it.
What if I lose something during the event? There will be an information booth on site which will also act as a lost property point and a missing and found person’s location.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
Please be prepared to participate in a bag search upon entrance. In order to enter quickly, we advise you travel light and don’t bring a bag.
What am I NOT permitted to bring in? · Umbrellas, tents or sunshades · Alcohol and any drinks in glass bottles or containers · Bikes (not inside the event but parking is available outside) · Pets (only guide and assistance animals permitted) · Professional standard still or video cameras, audio recording devices and tripods.
Any recording, photography or filming of the performance is prohibited.
Extreme Heat In case of temperatures over 36 degrees or over, temporary shades will be permitted in Elder Park but the use of tent pegs is strictly prohibited. All temporary shades must be dismantled at 7.30pm.
We also encourage that you take all precautions that you normally would during extreme heat – Slip, Slop, Slap and keep hydrated.
Will the outdoor concerts go ahead if it’s raining? The event will go ahead rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, please check adelaidefestival.com.au at 4pm on the day of the performance for final weather details in the event of inclement weather.
What public transport stops are the closest to the venue? Bus: Bus stop Z2 travelling from North into Adelaide CBD or stop A2 travelling into the Adelaide CBD from the South. Train: A short walk from the Adelaide Railway Station. Tram: Closest stops are at Festival Plaza or Train Station/North Terrace for trams arriving from Glenelg or Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
If I ride there, will there be somewhere to lock my bike? Yes, we encourage cycling to our events. Bikes are not allowed in the venue, however bike racks will be offered outside each of the entrances.
What if I'm driving to the event? Please note that Adelaide Festival Centre's car park is closed. Visit UPark to find the closest car park to the venue: we recommend UPark Gawler Place or UPark Topham Mall.