Saturday April 4, 2020

Abbey’s clever production led by Ireland’s finest

Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Gavin Quinn. Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Runs until March 28. Rating: ***. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

1st March, 2015
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Áine Ní Mhuirí, Gina Moxley and John Kavanagh in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Abbey. Picture: Ros Kavanagh

In the Abbey’s new, frequently clever, production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, nothing is quite as clever as the opening. Following a short prologue, a gauzy, yellow curtain draws back on the day room of a nursing home, where staff are encouraging residents to exercise to Ghostriders in the Sky by Johnny Cash.

Within seconds, this version of Shakespeare’s comedy establishes itself as bold, funny and vital; within seconds it reminds...

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