A Midsummer Night's Dream (17 June - 18 July)

A Midsummer Night's Dream


17 June - 18 July

7:30pm

EARLY BIRD SALE! Book before 29th February to save up to 33% on Iris' summer season

"Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream."

It’s the height of summer, and the ancient city of Athens has never felt colder. The young nobleman Demetrius is set to marry his bride Hermia, and their parents are overjoyed. The only problem is, she’s in love with someone else. Fleeing the broken court, and her impending nuptials, Hermia escapes to the forest beyond the city, ready to elope.

There, deep in a enchnted forest of lights, new mysteries await her. A feuding fairy King and Queen plot revenge, a band of travelling misfit actors prepare their latest performance, and a magical trickster, ready to cause mischief, has other ideas for the young lovers’ midsummer’s night.

Experience Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy in the heart of Covent Garden with the award-winning Iris Theatre, in Paul-Ryan Carberry’s first production as artistic director. Featuring an electronic forest world, glittering fairies and some surprising guest performances along the way, celebrate the arrival of summer and find out whether love really can conquer all.

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Escape the Forest: Iris Theatre's 2020 Summer Season

This summer, join Iris at its annual season of outdoor theatre at the beautiful 17th century St Paul’s Church in the heart of Covent Garden. Escape to the forest, where fairies, lovers and a travelling band of actors await magical wonderment in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and where Robin Hood and her merry men plot to take on the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham for one final showdown.

Now in its 12th year, Iris’ summer season has become a critically-acclaimed, award-winning part of the theatrical calendar, welcoming thousands of people to the incomparable Actors’ Church right in the middle of the West End, just steps away from centuries of theatrical history. Taking place across the grounds of the church as well as inside Inigo Jones’s masterpiece, the summer shows are an escape from the hustle and bustle, and an experience like no other.

The season complements Iris’ year-round work as a charity and hub for emerging and mid-career artists alike, supporting creatives with transformational opportunities as they take their first or next steps into their profession.

You can save 10% on your tickets to the Escape to the Forest season if you book for Robin Hood and A Midsummer Night's Dream in the same transaction - the discount will automatically be applied to your cart before checkout. (Excludes early bird tickets)

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Booking information

Running time: TBC, but expected 2h30m including an interval
Age recommendation: 8+

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Please note: in the event of rain, it is usually possible to go ahead with the performance, but exceptionally heavy rain may cause a stop or delay to the show. If the weather is persistent and the show is cancelled for safety reasons before the interval commences, then exchanges will be offered on a like-for-like basis - or if it’s not possible to exchange for the same show, then credit will be offered towards a future Iris Theatre production. In the event of cancellation after the interval commences, heavily discounted tickets will be offered to purchasers for a future performance within the season. Please note that the show is never cancelled due to inclement weather earlier than 5 minutes before the performance.

Book Tickets


  • 17 June - 18 July
    Wednesday 17 June 7:30pm
    Thursday 18 June 7:30pm
    Friday 19 June 7:30pm
    Saturday 20 June 2:30pm
    Saturday 20 June 7:30pm
    Monday 22 June 7:30pm
    Tuesday 23 June 7:30pm
    Wednesday 24 June 7:30pm
    Thursday 25 June 7:30pm
    Friday 26 June 7:30pm
    Saturday 27 June 2:30pm
    Saturday 27 June 7:30pm
    Sunday 28 June 3:00pm
    Monday 29 June 7:30pm
    Wednesday 01 July 7:30pm
    Thursday 02 July 7:30pm
    Friday 03 July 7:30pm
    Saturday 04 July 2:30pm
    Saturday 04 July 7:30pm
    Sunday 05 July 3:00pm
    Monday 06 July 7:30pm
    Wednesday 08 July 7:30pm
    Thursday 09 July 7:30pm
    Friday 10 July 7:30pm
    Saturday 11 July 2:30pm
    Saturday 11 July 7:30pm
    Monday 13 July 7:30pm
    Wednesday 15 July 7:30pm
    Thursday 16 July 7:30pm
    Friday 17 July 7:30pm
    Saturday 18 July 2:30pm
    Saturday 18 July 7:30pm

  • Tickets Available
    £15.0 (£14.0 concessions)

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