Deafinitely Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Following the internationally acclaimed Love’s Labour’s Lost as part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival, Deafinitely Theatre has been invited to return to the world-famous Globe for yet another landmark production – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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It ran from 5:19 PM, 11 March 2014 to 11:47 PM, 12 May 2014

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Research carried out by Scottish based Solar Bear company found that ‘Deaf people felt that Shakespeare was tied up with hearing culture, and had no relation to them or their experiences of the world. Partly because of schooling, and partly because of the language and previous ways that it had been staged, Deaf people felt that Shakespeare was not accessible for them.’ This project aims to address this and demonstrate that Shakespeare can be made accessible and appealing to a deaf audience.


A bilingual production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in British Sign Language and spoken English will help make Shakespeare accessible and relevant to a new audience as well as providing mainstream hearing theatregoers with an unseen staging of the play from a deaf perspective. In doing so we will bridge two usually separate theatre cultures and audiences.