Commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary, we present music from one of his most enchanting plays – along with live art, story-telling, and a 30-piece orchestra.
Watch as art and music unfold before your very eyes!

Pre-concert events from 1.30pm – Concert begins 3pm

Turner Sims, Southampton

Mendelssohn – Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
Purcell – Music from The Fairy Queen

James Mayhew – Artist & Presenter
són (with members of són Masterclass programme for young professionals)
Robin Browning – Conductor

1:30pm Face-painting & costume-accessory workshop in the foyer
(entry: £2)

2:00pm (FREE) Pre-concert live theatre – a performance of “Bottom’s Dream” given by Southampton University Players in collaboration with Black Box Theatre Company …Find out more below

3:00pm Concert begins

Immerse yourself in our fascinating performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream this June, as we perform Mendelssohn’s music for Shakespeare’s most enchanting play. Enjoy the Wedding March, Scherzo and Nocturne in a fresh setting with real paint and pastels. Find out all about Puck, Peaseblossom, Lions and Fairies, against a backdrop of live art, story-telling and gorgeous music. All perfectly timed, too, only a few days before midsummer night itself.

Prepare to be captivated by artist and master story-teller James Mayhew, as he weaves through Shakespeare’s story, painting live to Mendelssohn’s music. A celebrated children’s author and illustrator, and creator of the Ella Bella Ballerina series, James will guide you through Shakespeare’s Dream as he paints on a giant canvas: cameras trained on his easel will bring his breathtaking artwork to life, projected for all to see onto a giant screen above the orchestra’s heads.

The fun starts at 1.30pm, long before the concert: we’ve a special workshop lined-up in the foyer, where youngsters can enjoy a midsummer-themed craft-workshop, with activities including face-painting, making fairy-wings and other costume-accessories before curtain-up.

And, in collaboration with Black Box Theatre Company & Southampton University Players, we present live, pre-concert theatre beginning at 2pm Bottom’s Dream – A tale of magic and mayhem, fairies and thespians… and, of course, a donkey!

It’s a wonderful way to introduce people of all ages to the brilliant world of Shakespeare – as well as to orchestral music, painting and story-telling.


Saturday 18th June 2016  –  from 1.30pm
Turner Sims, Southampton

Tickets – from £7 for under-16s
Family ticket offer – 2 adults & 2 under-16s – £39 (saving £5!)

or call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151

Performance lasts approximately 1 hour, without an interval
Ideally suited to children aged 6 and above – and adults will love it too!

The award-winning Southampton University Players have been in existence for over 50 years. Initially set up as a University staff drama group we now welcome anybody who is interested in theatre from across Southampton and the local area. We produce two main shows a year (at least one being put on at The Nuffield Theatre) as well as other smaller productions including several one-act plays that we enter into the Totton Festival of Drama and the All England Theatre Festival. So, if you’re interested in joining us, either to tread the boards or help backstage or would like to find out more about us and our forthcoming productions please visit our website here

Set up by writer and director Chris Hawley, BlackBox is a new professional theatre company based in Hampshire, which works with and encourages local performers, writers and technicians.