At the Barbican Centre, for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Designer Dick Bird

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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‘as a staging this was an impressive use of the stage – perhaps the best opera I’ve seen at the Barbican Theatre’


Classical Source

‘Martin Lloyd-Evans's tart, smart Second World War production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the GSMD designed by Dick Bird, conducted by Stephen Barlow, played with vivacity by an excellent student orchestra, and sung by the freshest and loveliest young voices. Here the quartet of lovers  are the focal point of Britten's Shakespearean divertissement, their love of the text infectious, their innocence a joy.’

Anna Picard, Independent

‘the current staging of this opera by the GSMD at the Barbican Theatre is tasteful, meaningful and entertaining...

Unlike far too many stage directors, Lloyd-Evans clearly considers the music as well as the libretto. Using four pillows as props, the fairies gently coax the four Athenian lovers to lie down and sleep: text, music and stage action are in perfect unity. Such ensemble work is present throughout Lloyd-Evans' staging...the professionalism on the stage and in the pit is exemplary. Don't miss it.’

Musical Criticism

‘The essence of the production was Dream and its illogicalities. I saw the hilarious last Act first-night, and returned to enjoy and admire the whole with the second cast on the last night of the well attended short run. It is one of the best Britten productions Guildhall SMD has put on over many years.’

Musical Pointers

‘the best opera I’ve seen at the Barbican Theatre’        Classical Source