Ballet & Dance

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2006/2007 SEASON PLAY

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Written by :

William Shakespeare

Translated by : Matsuoka Kazuko
Directed by : John Caird
Artistic Director : Kuriyama Tamiya
Produced by : New National Theatre, Tokyo

Murai Kunio, Asami Rei etc.

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Doors will open 45minutes before the opening of the performance.

  Available from Sunday 15 April, 2007 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

TICKET PRICES (with tax)
Seat S A B
Price(yen) 6,300 5,250 3,150
*Seat Z(¥1,500): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations.
*Same day student tickets (50% off, except Seat Z): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID.

handbill [A Midsummer Night’s Dream]

One of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies appears at the New National Theatre, Tokyo for the first time. We have invited Royal Shakespeare Company honorary associate director John Caird to direct an all-star Japanese cast in a gorgeous and powerful production.
Caird is known to Japanese audiences for his direction of the musicals Les Misérables and The Beggar’s Opera, and this will be his first production of Shakespeare in this country. Shakespeare is Caird’s forte so we can look forward to an outstanding production.
The expressive and captivating cast is led by Murai Kunio and Asami Rei who have delivered excellent performances. Featuring live music and dancing, this production will captivate the audience like a dream. A Midsummer Night’s Dream captures the essence of Shakespeare: the quarrel between the king and queen of the fairies, young romantic entanglements, the merry play-within-a-play staged by the craftspeople, the complex interlocking of different plots, and the worlds created by the beautiful words of the unique characters. We are confident that those who have seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream many times and those who have never seen it will enjoy this production.


The drama unfolds on a midsummer night before the celebration of the wedding of the duke of Athens and the queen of the Amazons. Hermia refuses to comply with her father ’s wish for her to marry his chosen man, Demetrius, and decides to elope with her lover, Lysander, by escaping at night through the forest where the fairies live. Demetrius, followed by Helena who is in love with him, chases after the two of them. In this forest near Athens, the king and queen of the fairies are quarreling over the queen’s page-boy. Enter the mischief-loving fairy, Puck. At the king’s orders, Puck obtains a love potion, and they play a trick on the queen and others. As a result, the queen finds herself spending an enchanted evening with Nick Bottom, a weaver whose head has been transformed into that of a donkey! Fairies and people, men and women, the everyday and the dream world. How will this tempestuous evening of merry romance end?

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