Midsummer Nights Dream.

A Flute Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Kelly Hunter with music by Tom Chapman

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Family Friendly
Price: £10 per participant, accompanying carer free


It was breathtaking, the way the actors entered into my son’s world rather than demanding that he enter theirs… I could relax because my son was with people who really “got” him and understood how to work with autism

Parent of participant, 2017

Totally unique and very important work

Broadway World UK

Up to 15 young people on the autism spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on our stage. Their families or carers sit just behind. The actors encourage the participants to play sensory games and together they unravel Shakespeare’s story. 

Afterwards everyone is invited for tea and biscuits with the cast. Originally created in 2017 at the Orange Tree Theatre in a co production with English Touring Theatre, the production has since toured internationally.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is specifically for young people with autism and their families.

For more details or to book please call the Box Office on 01243 781312 or email access@cft.org.uk

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If you are a practitioner interested in viewing Flute's work please email access@cft.org.uk

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Cast & Creatives


Kelly Hunter


Tom Chapman


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A Midsummer Night's Dream is specifically for young people with autism and their families. Tickets can be booked through the Box Office on 01243 781312.

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Audience reactions

Audience reactions on previous A Midsummer Night's Dream performances below:

Wonderful experience at Midsummer Night’s Dream! It was a magic spell of movement & sound, funny but mysterious. Katie & John were swept into the players’ company & became part of the show. Wonderful!

It blew me away watching the actors interaction with the kids. Emily and Ruby loved it. As a mum watching my kids taking part was a little emotional. Special thanks to the actors who encouraged Ruby when she was unsure

We all had the most incredible time today at the play. My students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all of us adults we so impressed by how engaged and excited they were to be a part of the performance.

One child was so scared at the beginning of the session but, by the end, was jumping, running and clapping in the circle surrounded by her peers, staff and actors – It was very moving.

The care and respect shown to all of the students in the space was wonderful, which was evident by how willing they all were to participate.

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Age Guidance 
Ages 10+
Running Time
2 hours including tea and cake