Rubbish Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Children's Shows (theatre, comedy)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 11:30
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 3+ (0 and older)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Rubbish Shakespeare Company
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Runaways. Fairies. Goblins. Water pistols!?! Look out, it's Rubbish Shakespeare! The madcap quartet are back with a fresh take on the Bard's impish tale of forbidden love and cheeky pixies. Their plan: to stage the greatest Dream ever seen. Will they succeed? Of course not - they're Rubbish! Stuffed with high-octane slapstick action, mischievous storytelling and belly laughs for all ages, they'll make a mess of this Dream, even if it bruises them. No Shakespeare knowledge needed. Romeo and Juliet (2018): ***** ( **** (Daily Record). **** (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Lin Stewart 83 days ago

Hilarious!!! A 51yr old (me) and my great nephew who’s 5 ventured into the world of Shakespeare and what a blast . Water pistols, baby Annabel’s, and talk of bottoms! What more could a 5 year old ask for. The cast are incredible, fast paced slapstick at its best . There’s no rubbish in this Shakespeare. If you have children take them, quick before the festival ends . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KT 84 days ago

Absolutely fantastic show! Interactive and fun for all the family, very professional performance from the Rubbish Shakespeare Company - our kids loved it (age 6&8 & the *cough* 20 something parents) the impro / audience inclusion made the whole show so memorable (hat skimming included!)! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any other Pleasance acts for kids, but highly recommend this one!

Amber & Griff 84 days ago

Hilarious show—dare I say, Pythonesque?

The performers are energetic and talented. They go all-out on the physical comedy. Apparently they had to quickly rework the show due to a cast member’s injury, but you can’t even tell.

The whole audience, from 5 to 75, was in stitches. Our little son loved Puck, of course. There are jokes the kids love and others that go over their heads.

It’d probably help if you’re familiar with the play, but it’s fine if you’re not.

There is some audience participation, so if you prefer not to be called upon, I suggest you don’t sit in the front row. (It’s a small theater so all seats are good.)

Clair Wright 86 days ago

Fab show - great fun, lots of energy and very silly! We all loved it including our kids (11 and 13). Recommended.

Beverley Chapman 87 days ago

Excellent show, better than last years Romeo and Juliet which was also good and got a five star review. It is refreshing to see an enthusiastic company engaging so well with the entire audience and bringing Shakespeare to children, who were engrossed from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it wholeheartedly.

John Robertson 87 days ago

We saw today's show and we absolutely loved it. Both adults and children thought it was hilarious. We learned a lot in a funny way. I would highly recommend it for all ages.

JayF 93 days ago

We took our kids to see this yesterday and we were all in hysterics throughout. Suitable for all ages and we thoroughly recommended!

Annabel Harrison 93 days ago

We all, adults and children, absolutely loved this show. The kids were negative about going, but found it hilarious. It even held the hungry 5-year-old's attention throughout, and it flew by for him ("that wasn't even 10 minutes!). The jokes about "Bottom", the slapstick, the water pistols - how could they not enjoy it? A lot of the original language is retained, but the plot is totally intelligible without being dumbed down, and there are even new jokes too. 10/10 from the fickle 7-year-old, and even Daddy loved it. The company put an enormous amount of energy into it, and work hard, but are also just funny guys in their own right(s). Can't wait till next year to see what they come up with!

Claire Haggett 99 days ago

Loved it loved it loved it - a hugely talented cast, really creative re-telling, and very very funny -I really laughed, and my 7 year old said: "we loved it so much that our heads almost fell off from laughing so much" - high praise indeed! The jokes and asides come thick and fast, and yet there is some brilliant and (quite!) faithful Shakespeare in here too. All the audience loved it, adults and younger and older children. We came out on a real high!

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 76 days ago

If seeing ‘authentic’ Shakespeare is your thing then it’s time to forget all those £47 a head tickets for the Globe on the South Bank and rush, instead, to catch Rubbish Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Pleasance. Unlike most ‘proper’ productions of this play you will not encounter busloads...

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Primary Times 91 days ago

This show should be renamed Utterly Brilliant Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream! It’s a fun, energetic and hilarious production.

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Families on Line (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

It may be one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, but the Rubbish Shakespeare Comedy arguable even surpasses even the great playwright himself. That’s a controversial thought, but Shakespeare didn’t have water guns! He may have been missing a trick there!

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

The problem with reviewing shows with a seven-year old is that we sometimes disagree on what constitutes a great show – which is very much the case with this show. The Rubbish Shakespeare Company is a quartet of hilarious and … Read More ...

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Primary Times Children's Choice Awards 91 days ago

It tells the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a slapstick, imaginative, original and engaging way. There’s bubbles, water guns (I mean love potions), bottom chat and a tummy for the mums! The cast of four (five if you include a cardboard cut out), have great chemistry on stage, they make each other laugh, tease one another, kiss and even wipe salvia on each other.

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FringeReview 92 days ago

When you’ve got just four in your cast and one of your number trips over his shoelaces and up a set of stairs fracturing his left arm, spraining his right and acquiring some delicate new facial needlework two days before the start of your Fringe run, you might well curse...

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