Phill Jupitus to take to Bath stage in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 August 2016

Phill Jupitus as Nick Bottom

Phill Jupitus as Nick Bottom

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One of the UK's most popular comedians, Phill Jupitus, is to make his Shakespearean debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Theatre Royal Bath this month.

The show, marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, is one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies.

Jupitus will be starring as Nick Bottom, the weaver, alongside leading Royal Shakespeare Company actors Darrell D’Silva and Katy Stephens.

The narrative of A Midsummer Night’s Dream intertwines three stories set in the enchanted woods outside Athens in Greece. With a wedding, elopement and arranged marriage all due to take place, the fairy king Oberon decides to meddle with the lovers.

The show is one of four productions taking place as part of the summer season. The play is directed by Olivier Award-winning director Laurence Boswell.

He said: “The opportunity to work on a Shakespeare play, on a big stage with a company of 15 actors, was too much to resist.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be at the Theatre Royal Bath, in Saw Close, from today (Thursday) until Saturday, with performances at 7.30pm each night.

There will also be matinee performances at 2.30pm today and on Saturday.

Tickets, priced £15-34.50, are available from 01225 448844 or online via www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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