Gender-Reversed 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

A gender-reversed production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', that explores and expands gender roles. Performing at The Pleasance in March.

We did it!

On 29th Feb 2016 we successfully raised £2,185 of £2,000 target with 79 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated! After hitting our original target with a week left to go, we're aiming even higher by stretching our target to £2500. Any additional money raised will go towards marketing and improving our production values as well as supporting our team the best we can. 

The Reversed Shakespeare Company are raising funds for their debut production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which will be performing at The Pleasance Theatre in London from the 16th - 27th March, 2016. 

Your donation will help to cover the preproduction costs, such as, venue hire, rehearsal space, set, props and costumes. We want to cover these costs so that all our Box Office proceeds can be split between our cast and our creative team, who are otherwise giving their time for free to make this production possible.

Why is this work important? 

'Dream' will highlight how much more both genders are capable of and confront biases audiences didn’t know they had. Assumptions like ‘men can’t be vulnerable’ and ‘women can’t chase’ will be confronted through truthful performances, enabled by actors playing characters traditionally ascribed to the opposite gender.

The Company

The Reversed Shakespeare Company perform Shakespeare with the gender of each character switched, with a view to examining and expanding gender roles. How do woman woo and can men be wooed? Is vulnerability only reserved for the physically weak? 

Please visit our website here, for more information or to get in touch! You can also check out the concept trailer here.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Magic, love, mischief and madness abound in Shakespeare’s bestloved comedy. A new, exciting and important re-telling; it's Dream, but not as you know it.

In these woods a man chases a woman demanding that she love him. Five incompetent women try, and fail, to put on a play to impress the royals. The king of the fairies falls madly in love with a woman disguised as a donkey. Come join us. You just might end up dreaming differently.

The Team

Director: Laura Jasper

Production Designer: Samuel Wilde

Producer: Philippa Kane

Artistic Directors: Matt Maltby, Lindsay Dukes, Cassie Webb.

Outreach Work

It's important to the company that this is a theatre production that starts conversations and discussions around gender-stereotyping. In view of this we’ll be creating content for our blog on gender-issues and Shakespeare as well as hosting two panel discussions.

Tuesday 22nd March, Breaking Gender Stereotypes: Funny Women and Vulnerable Men

How do gender stereotypes and gendered language affect individuals and the world around us? What happens when we allow men and women to experience things they're not 'supposed' to?

Thursday 24th March, Gender and Casting Classics: The Future

How does the casting of classic texts allow them to adapt to modern times? Is it possible to use gender-bending, gender-blind and gender-fluid casting in texts that are steeped in history? How does the casting classic texts relate to an increasingly open-minded world?


Thank you so much for generously supporting our production and coming on this journey with us! 

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