If you are in the mood for some summer Shakespeare, then we recommend that you head on over to the grounds of Dublin Castle.

Theatre company Mouth on Fire present their production of the Bard’s most famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running until the 3rd August in the Dubhlinn Gardens in Dublin Castle.

A part of Dublin Castle’s Summer Programme, this is Shakespeare’s classic with a slight 70’s twist. Family friendly (the show starts promptly at 7.30pm and ends just past 9pm), the plot revolves around the romantic misadventures and missed connections between four young Athenians, a troupe of actors, and the mischief that is lain upon them by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which the play is mostly set.

The cast is small but talented – attending opening night I found Puck (Fionn Foley) and Bottom (Paul Marron) to be particularly memorable, although as a whole the cast was cohesive and fluid. The set was very simple, but it was made up for by the gorgeous surroundings of the Castle gardens and the cloudless sky. Minus a large group of restless Italian teenagers in the audience and a few errant seagulls who started dive-bombing the stage halfway through the show, it all went off without a hitch. For a ticket price of just €6, you could really find much worse ways to spend a summer evening.

Shakespeare in Dublin Castle 2014
The event is fully seated and bathroom facilities are available in the Castle. Refreshments are not available on-site, so it’s BYOB (without the B, as alcohol is not permitted). The event is also all-weather, and will run rain or shine. In the event of very bad weather the performance will be relocated indoors and if it is such that it is necessary for the performance to be moved, ticketholders will be contacted via email.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from July 23rd until August 3rd. More information can be found on the Mouth on Fire Facebook page. Tickets cost €6, and may be booked online.

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