Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Open air show to leave theatre fans dreaming

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AN OPEN air adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Runcorn has been picked to be staged as part of next month’s Liverpool Theatre Festival after proving a hit with the public.

More than 700 spectators watched Electric Dreams at Norton Priory in

June, when it had its world premiere as part of Halton’s Borough of Culture 2021 celebratio­ns.

A spokeswoma­n for the local authority said that supported with funding secured by Norton Priory from Arts Council England, the performanc­e brought light and laughter, music and midsummer mayhem to the remains of the priory.

Produced by A Place for Us Theatre Company, the show is a 1980s outdoor musical adaptation of Shakespear­e’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set against an ‘80s inspired soundtrack, the cast features West End stars Zoe Curlett from Widnes , and Keiron Crook as the warring Queen and King of the Fairies, joined by a profession­al cast, live band, and young performers.

The plot follows four young lovers and a group of oddball actors in 1980s

Athens who find themselves trapped in an enchanted forest where Rock Diva Fairies rule and a mischievou­s sprite is hell bent on causing havoc.

Having been such a success, it will now be reproduced for Liverpool

Theatre Festival at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, and the dates have been picked to launch Liverpool’s autumn season of theatre.

There will be two performanc­es of Electric Dreams , at 4pm and 8pm on Sunday, September 5.

Cllr Paul Nolan (culture) said: “The show was a great success at Norton Priory so it’s fantastic for the theatre company, the priory and the borough that it will be performed at such a major event as the Liverpool festival - it’s a kind of Halton magic in the city.”

Tickets are available via the Liverpool Theatre Festival website.

 ??  ?? ● The play being performed at Norton Priory
● The play being performed at Norton Priory

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