A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Illyria

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play. 

Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged marriage to elopement, from infatuation to hatred, from chivalric devotion to raw sex. Add a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief to this bawdy mix, and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening. 

Illyria’s productions are slick, physical and imaginative in execution. They are played with characteristic briskness – Shakespeare was, after all, unequivocal about how long his plays take to perform. Find more information about Illyria and their past performances on their website.

Each play is inspired by performance techniques of Elizabethan touring troupes, such as live music and song, inclusion of the audience in the proceedings, contemporary references and robustness of style.

Dates, Venues & Tickets

Raadhuis De Paauw

Thursday 8 September 2022 19:30 | Doors open 17:30

Friday 9 September 2022 19:30 | Doors open 17:30

Adults: €27,00*
Concession: €17,50*

*Please note that these prices will go up from 16th August

Schovenhorst Estate

Saturday 10 September 2022 19:30 

Practical Information


Please feel free to bring a hamper full of sandwiches, tea and snacks to have your own picnic during the show. Doors will open at 17:30 to allow time to have a picnic before

The show goes on…

Rain or shine the show will go on so we advise all visitors to bring practical clothing and waterproofs just in case. Umbrellas are not allowed.

Running time

2.5 hours (including intermission)


Most parts of the Raadhuis De Paauw are wheelchair accessible, although please be aware that the show takes place on a grass field. If you want to visit this event by wheelchair, please contact our productions manager Berta Cussó at production@theenglishtheatre.nl so we can make your visit as comfortable as possible.

This is a performance of the full original Shakespearean text, please be aware therefore that this might not be as accessible to young children.

Any other quesions about the accessibility of our show(s)? Feel free to contact us.

Rainbow Corner Books

Mobile bookshop Rainbow Corner Bookshop will be present during the play and will be there from 17:30 on both days. They specialise in children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction. You can buy their books in the location, or order now from their website or by email and collect on the days of the show. If you pre-order, please use ‘Stet’ as a reference in their orders. www.rainbowcornerbooks.com

Comedy & Shakespeare Workshop for schools I Friday 9 September (16+)

Attention teachers! STET Education’s annual open air workshop is back in Wassenaar! Since a whole-night Shakespeare is often too long and daunting for teenagers we have devised this interactive workshop for your students! Illyria will illustrate key scenes from Midsummer Night’s Dream and students will participate dynamically, helped by professional actors. Your students will gain insight into one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed comedies and even get a chance to hop on stage if they like. More information here.

Thanks to:






Municipality of The Hague






Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten

Municipality of Wasssenaar