Four cartoon figures, two have water pistols, one is dressed as a donkey and is being kissed by one dressed as a fairy
Sun 12 Sep

Rubbish Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fairies, goblins, donkeys... Super soakers!?!? Uh oh, it’s RUBBISH Shakespeare!

Athens. The past (before toasters). Four idiots dressed in bedsheets attempt to stage William Shakespeare’s mischievous classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, using only a box of pound-shop props, a camel onesie, and a ladder they found by the bins. Will they succeed? Of course not, no. But oh my, will you belly-laugh as they try...

Described as "like Horrible Histories but funnier" (Primary Times), imagine if Monty Python and Pixar joined forces, sprinkle in some lightsabers and a splash of slapstick, and what you’re left with is a Shakespeare experience that’s unlike any other - it’s far from rubbish! After making five-star accessible Shakespeare for a decade, Edinburgh Fringe favourites the Rubbish Shakespeare Company presents The Dream. A perfect introduction to Shakespeare, this smash-hit production will delight all ages, and seriously tickle some funny bones. Your kids will love it… and so will you!

Venue: Studio Theatre

“Great writing, inventive improv, attention grabbing energy, superb delivery and a sense of comic timing that bordered on the genius.” ★★★★★ Fringe Review (read the full review)

“There are bed sheet togas, water pistols, lightsabers, scary wigs and mop head lion’s manes. It’s pure rubbish... and you’ll love every minute” ★★★★★ Wee Review (read the full review)

“The four actors are just brilliant. As in Shakespearean times, the men play the female roles, complete with bad wigs and high voices. This had both my little critic and I in stitches” ★★★★ One 4 Review (read the full review)

“It may be one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, but the Rubbish Shakespeare Comedy arguably surpasses even the great playwright himself. That’s a controversial thought, but Shakespeare didn’t have water guns! He may have been missing a trick there!” ★★★★ Families Edinburgh Magazine (read the full review)

Ages 4+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)  

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We are rubbish! With a bucket of wigs and a box of pound shop props, we create hilarious Shakespeare adaptations. With an innovative, often anarchic, and fast-paced approach, we specialise in making Shakespeare accessible to everyone, especially children and families. An Edinburgh Fringe staple, our critically-acclaimed plays tour theatres (and schools!) with one mission in mind…  to make 'Shakespeare For All'. For everyone. Regardless of age or background.

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