Durham Opera Ensemble are proud to present Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a brilliant adaptation of the Shakespearian comic classic. Britten’s beguiling composition is the perfect accompaniment to the tumultuous text. Allow yourself to step into this spellbinding tale of lovers. In the depths of the enchanted forest, watch as their worlds collide on a mystical midsummer night, swarmed by mischievous fairies and rustics. As they venture into the unknown they are faced with an array of trials and tribulations. Will their love conquer evil?

The Production:

Following our sell-out Gala production of Carmen,  join us in February 2017 as we present the  production of Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. This year’s cast and production team will create a spectacular collaboration of voices, costumes and staging to portray this enchanting opera. Keep up to date on our social media pages for ticket information.


Gala Theatre, Durham, DH1 1WA


Friday 17th February 2017 – 7:30pm

Saturday 18th February 2017 – 7:30pm








The Production Team:

Director: Caitlin Brooks

Assistant Director: Emily Barnes

Conductor: Kelvin Lee

Vocal Director: George Cook

Repetiteur: Josh Ridley

Producer: Sophie Rudge

Assistant Producer: James McTavish

Choreographer: Ava Merrell

Costume Designer: Izzy Young

Stage Manager: Mia Grabski

Our Cast:

Oberon: Lewis Cullen

Tytania: Rowena Ashby

Puck: Alabama Jackson

Demetrius: George Evans-Thomas

Lysander: Laurence Kilsby

Helena: Emer Acton

Hermia: Amy Porter

Bottom: Julian Purdy

Flute: Llewelyn Cross

Quince: Peter Dunn

Snug: Tarquin Strickland

Snout: Gus De Tommaso

Starveling: Chris Knight

Hippolyta: Chloe Burrows

Theseus: Ed Rees

Moth: Abigail Ingram

Mustardseed: Ashleigh Charlton

Peasebottom: Hannah Cox

Cobweb: Drew East



DST – First Night