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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Takes Over Lancaster Library

John Freeman
A photo from rehearsals for A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Chad Porter as Demetrius and Laura Shepherd as Helena. Image: ElartLancaster Library is host to a lively version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the comedy written by William Shakespeare portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta - brought to Lancaster by local group Elart.

Elart has already performed the comedy in aid of St. John's Hospice, as part of their weekend-long fund raising event.

The comedy includes the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

"I’ve got a talented and committed cast," says director Emma Ruscastle of the production, who is the founder of independent theatre company ELART Productions. "They’re hard-working and lovely to create with – willing to trust me and each other and try almost anything, which is vital in a process of this nature."

Ben Brighouse as Moonshine/Starveling.
Image: ElartSince 2009, ELART Productions has been putting on high quality theatre of all types in a wide range of settings, using both professional and community actors and creatives.

• A Midsummer Night's Dream 7.30pm Friday 1st July 2016, Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster. Tickets £5, availailable from Lancaster Library or by emailing

• If you are interested in working with ELART Productions in any capacity, or you have an idea for a show or workshop you would like, please contact them via