The Three Inch Fools - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theatre Shakespeare Outdoor
  • Venue

    Cathedral Churchyard

  • Time

    7:00 PM

  • Price

    £12.00 - £15.00 plus booking fee

  • Book Tickets

Southwark Cathedral are delighted to host an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream by theatre company The Three Inch Fools

The Three Inch Fools - fresh out of lockdown - take to the road with only three actors, far too many musical instruments and one almighty play.

The Fools are dusting off their instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors, with a riotous, three-hander version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Prepare for a post-lockdown Shakespearean adventure like no other before.

Hermia loves Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. Her best friend, Helena, is in love with Demetrius, but he wants nothing to do with her. And when the four lovers decide to elope into the woods, little do they know that mischievous fairies are on the loose, ready to show that the course of true love never did run smooth. Add into the mix a motley crew of Mechanicals who have met in a woodland glade to rehearse a play, and you have one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies.

Catch the Three Inch Fools dash around the UK, for a show packed with live music-making, raucous story-telling and typically British social-distancing.

★★★★★ – “One of the best Shakespeare plays I’ll ever watch” – The Bristol Post

★★★★★ – “The ultimate British theatrical experience” – Hastings Independent Press

Bring your own blankets, cushions, and camping-chairs and join us on our outdoor adventure. Come prepared for the weather - the performance will continue come rain come shine!

Doors open at 6pm and the performance begins at 7pm.

The Three Inch Fools

The Three Inch Fools are an innovative touring theatre company acclaimed for their fast-paced and musically driven approach to Shakespeare. 2020 is their sixth year of touring, having so far performed at over 150 venues and to almost 55,000 audience members.

They have built a reputation for staging bold and vibrant productions - a fast-paced, musically-driven style, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way.

For each production, they create a completely original musical soundtrack collaborating with rising star composer Stephen Hyde. The Three Inch Fools soundtrack moves between folk music and world music to classical, rock, pop and opera - and everywhere in between!

The Three Inch Fools specialise in bringing Shakespeare to life in innovative and unexpected ways, through bold story-telling and innovative sound-worlds. Their imaginative style is certain to delight and surprise those already familiar with the bard’s plays, and to call out to those who have yet to discover them.

This year The Three Inch Fools were forced to cancel their UK Tour, before the season had even started, due to covid-19. Following the government giving the go ahead for theatre in the open-air, the Fools leapt into action and put together a tour that will see them performing from mid-August through to late September, visiting venues across the length and breadth of the UK.

As The Fools get back out into the great outdoors for their 2020 post-lockdown tour, they hope to reinvigorate theatre and reunite communities as we all begin to emerge from our homes.

Southwark Cathedral and Shakespeare

Look at the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's works and you will see a list of actors before the title. Half of those names appear in the registers of St Saviour's (now Southwark Cathedral): a baptism, a marriage, a burial. Philip Henslowe owner of the nearby Rose Theatre and actor Edward Alleyn were Vestrymen at this church, dramatists Phillip Massinger and John Fletcher, the latter collaborating with Shakespeare on Henry VII are both buried on this holy site.

Medieval poet John Gower, the father of English poetry is also buried here, his tale of Pericles inspired Shakespeare's play and Gower appears in it as Prologue. And on a cold winter's morning in 1607 as a young actor Edmond Shakespeare was laid to rest here, at his funeral were his fellow actors and his elder brother William. Unusually the burial took place in the morning as the actors had to perform in the afternoon.

Important Information

  • This performance is 1.5 hours long and will take place outside in the Cathedral Churchyard.
  • There will be no seating apart from some benches and a low wall. There is small grass area but the majority of space is paved. Please do bring camping chairs or cushions or blankets to sit on.
  • Refreshments will be available.
  • Toilet facilities will be available.
  • To enable us to adhere by Government guidelines tickets will not be available on the door, you must buy a ticket beforehand.
  • All members of the audience as well as the actors are required to adhere to the required minimum of 1+ metre social distancing policy at all times. The actors are s experienced professional actors and are trained in vocal projection to ensure their voices can carry.
  • We encourage you to adhere to all Government policies: wash your hands thoroughly before and after the performance, and please wear a face covering if you wish to do so.
  • No matter the weather - the show goes on! Please come prepared for any weather!
  • Sould this event need to be cancelled then full refunds will be issued.