Classic play makes its way to Penrith

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From Thursday, April 4, Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company will be presenting an exclusive western Sydney season of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ right here at The Joan.

Directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, the production will be giving new life to Shakespeare’s classic comedy, brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.

With the help of Movement Director Nigel Poulton, Evans places a special focus on the play within the play, looking at the illusion of theatre and performance itself to take audiences on a whirlwind ride with only eight actors playing multiple parts.

“I’m delighted we’re able to give this production a second chance after we sadly had to cancel many of the dates in 2021,” Evans said.

“Our cast and crew went through quarantine but only made it to the Northern Territory and Queensland due to border closures and lockdowns elsewhere, so we’re focusing on the states and territories we missed out on to give audiences an opportunity to see it. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is very special to me, and whether you are revisiting an old friend in this play or are brand new to Shakespeare, it is a play to treasure.”

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be on at The Joan on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. Tickets start at $30. For more information or to book, visit

Cassidy Pearce

Cassidy Pearce is a news and entertainment journalist with The Western Weekender. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, she has previously worked with Good Morning Macarthur and joined the Weekender in 2022.

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