A Midsummer Night's Dream

Actors From The London Stage

A Midsummer Night's Dream


October 8-10, 7:00 PM each night
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

The Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) is one of the oldest and most respected touring Shakespeare companies in the world. Coming from such prestigious venues as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, these classically trained actors are equally dedicated to presenting first-rate professional performances at American colleges and universities, and to working with students to bring Shakespeare’s work alive. Part of their stated mission is to “get students up out of their chairs and act with them to learn how Shakespeare’s texts become scripts, words become actions and actions become meaning.”

Produced in affiliation with the University of Notre Dame, this residency will bring the highest quality of Shakespearean performance and instruction to our campus community and the broader Boston community. In addition to performances, classes and workshops will be provided throughout the week, free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. This event enhances and encourages the study of and understanding of the power of a simple production with the emphasis on text and performance. Required of English majors and minors, Eng 120 fosters intellectual community among its students by teaching some texts common to all sections and keying them to the Midsummer Night’s Dream performances presented by The Actors From The London Stage this fall.

This will be AFTLS’s 10th annual visit to the Wellesley campus, and marks the 40th year of AFTLS. Past productions include the IRNE award winning production of Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth and Hamlet.  

Free parking is available in the Davis Parking Facility. Directions and a map of the College are online at http://web.wellesley.edu/map/. The event is wheelchair accessible; for disability services contact Jim Wice at 781-283-2434 or jwice@wellesley.edu.

This program is generously supported by CLCE; the Ruth Nagel Jones Endowed Fund for Theatre Studies; the Rosalind Sperber Frye ’25 and Constance Frye Martinson ’53 Fund; The English Department; Upstage Theatre Student Organization; The Shakespeare Society; The Wilson Fund; The Herman Cain Foundation.

Photo by Sam Goodchild.