Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will be reimagined by Australian writer and composer Laura Murphy for ‘The Lovers’. Complete with a live band and original pop songs, the musical will bring a modern twist to the classic tale. The show opens at the Opera House next week.
The Lovers, Sydney Opera House
The production is set to feature some of the best voices in the Australian music scene. The Voice finalist Stellar Perry will make her musical theatre debut as Oberon while Monique Sallé will star as Puck. The show will be directed by Shaun Rennie (Rent, Baby Doll) with set and costume by designer Marg Horwell (The Picture of Dorian Grey).
Other cast members include Natalie Abbott, Blake Appelqvist, Brittanie Shipway and Jerrod Smith.
The project has been in the works for over 12 years and audiences can also expect a vibrant set aesthetic and groovy pop music to light up the stage.
“Our infatuation with romantic love began long before Shakespeare was writing about it 400 years ago, and The Lovers explores how those narratives have either evolved or remain the same today,” Murphy said.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare c. 1595 or 1596. Set in Athens, the play revolves around four young lovers and explores themes of love, conflict and marriage.
Tickets are on sale now and you can grab them here.