SHAKESPEARE COMES TO SOUTHAMPTON THIS MIDSUMMER!
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!
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
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.
JOIN US THIS MIDSUMMER
AND ENJOY AN ENTRANCING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL!
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