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The Watermill Theatre presents two contrasting worlds in an alternate night of Shakespeare here at the New Theatre Cardiff!!!     

The Watermill Theatre presents two contrasting worlds in an alternate night of Shakespeare here at the New Theatre Cardiff!!!
Opening Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 7:30 PM with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
On Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 7:30 PM

Playing side by side, immerse yourself in the contrasting worlds of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.
Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummers Night’s Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage.
Blazing with tension, energy and passion, experience a powerful new interpretation of Macbeth, the Ensemble’s boldest production to date. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, the Macbeths’ desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones in this thrilling tragedy.
The Watermill Theatre is a regional producing theatre touring work across the UK. Previous tours and co-productions include Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times (West End and National Tour), Crazy For You (National Tour) and many Shakespeare productions with Propeller.
This autumn, The Watermill Theatre takes its highly acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the road for a six week tour that will begin at Northern Stage Newcastle on September 10 and culminate at The Theatre Royal Norwich on October 19. Playing side-by-side, Artistic Director Paul Hart’s visceral actor-musician led productions are presented by the Newbury based theatre’s celebrated resident Shakespeare Company, The Watermill Ensemble, whose previous successes have also included Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.
Hart’s magical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream received rave reviews when it premiered at the theatre and subsequently toured last year. The Stage described it as “fizzing with charm and humour” and What’s On Stage hailed it as “an evening of magical delight”. This staging of Shakespeare’s most popular play employs the hedonistic soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday as an intoxicating backdrop to the story of four lovers who throw off the decorum of the royal courts, for on one fateful magic-filled night in the enchanted Athenian woods.
Macbeth, which played at the Watermill Theatre in March this year, starring Billy Postlethwaite, was described by The Guardian as “dazzling” and “a show that burns with purpose, passion and energy to spare”. This blood-soaked tale of the “butcher and his fiendlike queen” is set against the electrifying soundtrack of Jonny Cash and The Rolling Stones performed live by an accomplished cast of actor musicians.
Watermill Theatre Artistic Director Paul Hart says, “The aim is to create new Shakespeare productions that excite and engage audiences of all ages and walks of life. To be taking this work from the Watermill to these major theatres across the country is incredibly exciting. It’s a great opportunity for us to share our unique style of work that combines Shakespeare’s astonishing language with physical theatre and live music to create bold new versions of these great plays.”

Casting for each production will be announced in the next few weeks.
Formed in 2017, The Watermill Ensemble is a company of multi-talented performers, including accomplished actor- musicians, with a 50:50 gender split. Its aim is to combine Shakespeare’s texts and live music to create new versions of the plays, which will tour. It also forms part of The Watermill’s education programme.
The Watermill Theatre has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading regional theatres. From its beautiful home in a small Berkshire village, work has been created that is admired around the world. Over 73,000 people attend shows or attend one-off events at The Watermill each year, where some 12 new productions are staged annually, ranging from Shakespeare and musicals to classics, new plays and youth theatre productions. The Watermill tours regularly across the UK as well as rural touring productions, which play in village halls and small arts centres in the South. Recent and upcoming tours and London transfers have included Amélie (National Tour), Twelfth Night (Wilton’s Music Hall), Burke and Hare (Jermyn Street Theatre), Trial By Laughter (National Tour), Teddy (National Tour and The Vaults), Crazy For You (National Tour), The Wipers Times (West End and Tour), Loot (Park Theatre), Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (International Tours), Murder For Two (The Other Palace) and Frankenstein (Wilton’s Music Hall).
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Nathan Scott Howe
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