A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

On the F. Otto Haas Stage
March 2 – April 15, 2017  EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!

We opened the Haas Stage in 1998 with this beloved comedy by William Shakespeare. Next year, Barrymore Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer creates a vibrant new production featuring Philadelphia’s most exciting up-and-coming actors, musicians, and designers. Join us for musical celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings (and fairies) in a fresh new staging that promises to be an unforgettable midsummer adventure.

Critical Acclaim -

"Arden’s Midsummer Night’s Dream gets the delight right!"
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more here

"A Midsummer Night's Dream is a giddy comedy produced so often around the country you'd think no one could find anything new in it. But that's the magic of great theater — I've seen that play more times than I can remember, yet never like the Arden show that Matt Pfeiffer inventively directs. It's full of original music the cast plays and sings, sophisticated comic interpretations and high-level physicality. Plus, a ton of smooching. Mary Tuomanen leads with her spunky, irresistible portrayal of the sprite Puck, and everyone has a great time bringing the play alive.”
- Newsworks Read more here

"It never ceases to amaze me that Shakespeare's great comedies can still be so utterly hilarious more 400 years after he wrote them. Thanks to a strong cast, the Arden's current production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is as fantastically funny as ever."
- Talkin Broadway Read more here

"Do yourself a favor and transport yourself to the Arden Theatre and enter the world of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This wonderful production, under the direction of Matt Pfeiffer, is beautiful and enchanting."
- Theatre Sensation Read more here

"The result is a relentlessly engaging production. The Arden Theatre Company’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is both contemporary and Elizabethan, musical and comedic, faithful and unpredictable: the match of Shakespeare’s creativity with considerable modern talent."
- PlayShakespeare Read more here

"The Arden’s Midsummer glows with a sense of love in all its forms – innocent, irrational, brotherly, unwavering."
- DC Metro Arts Read more here

"Ultimately, this Midsummer Night's Dream not only tells a brisk tale about love and magic in romantic encounters, but also reveals the love and magic of producing theater."
- Broad Street Review Read more here

“It’s accessible without being dumbed down. Shakespeare’s poetry rolls naturally, his characters are alive, his comedy true. Done right, he’s pretty good.”
- Phindie

In the News -

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' opens at Arden
- USA Today Read more here

There's a whole lotta Shakespeare around Philly right now
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more here

The Hit List: Victor Fiorillo Picks April’s 10 Best Shows in Philly Philadelphia Magazine
- Philadelphia Magazine Read more here

Taysha Canales realizes Shakespearean dream in role
- The Philadelphia Tribune Read more here

‘A story of first loves’
- Northeast Times Read more here

We are proud to announce that A Midsummer Night's Dream is Barrymore Recommended.

For more information about the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.



Rachel Camp (Helena/Snug)
Taysha Canales (Hermia/Snout)
Sean Close (Lysander/Flute)
Eliana Fabiyi (Fairy/Musician)
Doug Hara (Egeus/Quince)
Dan Hodge (Bottom)
Brandon J. Pierce (Demetrius/Moon)
Katharine Powell (Titania/Hippolyta)
Lindsay Smiling (Oberon/ Theseus)
Mary Tuomanen (Puck/Philostrate)

Matt Pfeiffer
Scenic Design
Paige Hathaway
Costume Design
Olivera Gajic
Lighting Design
Thom Weaver
Original Music & Sound Design
Alex Bechtel
Stage Manager
Alec E. Ferrell
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