A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Adelaide Festival | 26 & 28 Feb, 2 & 3 Mar 2021

a midsummer night dream

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

After months of missing out on live performance, Adelaide Festival has announced its centrepiece opera for the 2021 Adelaide Festival: Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Benjamin Britten’s musical transformation of Shakespeare’s most loved comedy is something of a miracle: apart from a single short sentence, every word is that of England’s finest poet; every fibre and comic nuance of the play is preserved.

And while a lesser composer might have merely adorned a masterpiece, he created a new one of his own: with its graceful haunting melodies, iridescent orchestration, headily perfumed harmony, and filigree-like vocal textures – there’s nothing in the repertoire like it.

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Neil Armfield’s special affinity with Britten’s operas has been lauded worldwide. “Definitive” and “staggering” was the UK and US critical consensus for his multi-award-winning Billy Budd and audiences lucky enough to have experienced his Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw rate them just as highly. Despite its proudly Australian creative team, this missing piece of the puzzle has been seen abroad but never at home.

Magical, otherworldly and playful, it bears all the hallmarks of his exceptional craft: drawing subtle and truthful comedic performances, letting his fairies rip as real kids and, in the finale, delivering a belly laugh-inducing riot.

Duration: 2 hours, 55 minutes including interval

a midsummer night dream

Show Times:

  • Friday 26 February 2021 | 7pm
  • Sunday 28 February 2021 | 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 2 March 2021 | 6pm
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021 | 6pm


A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be on pre-sale for Friends of Adelaide Festival from 12pm 29 September 2020.

The general public will be able to access tickets on 19 November, when the full AF21 program will also be announced.

$289, Friends of AF $249

A Reserve
$219, Friends of AF $185, Concession $175

B Reserve
$189, Friends of AF $160, Concession $152, Under30 $90, Student $80

C Reserve
$149, Friends of AF $127, Concession $120, Under30 $70, Student $60

Note: Theatres will be operating at 50% capacity, with a single empty seat between each patron in a row.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival website here

What:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When:    Friday 26 & Sunday 28 February and Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 March 2021 | See times above

Where:  Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre | King William Road, Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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