ESCAPE the cold weather by transporting yourself to sunnier climes in one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays next week.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, by theatre company Sell A Door, will be entertaining audiences at The Roses in Tewkesbury on Wednesday.
Determined to play with the stereotypes of the changing seasons, the plot aims to be a darker, sharper version of the powerful comedy.
Director Bryn Holding, said: "A Midsummer Night's Dream has become the quintessential outdoor summer production and although the outdoor setting supports elements of this play I feel it loses some of the muscularity and sharper edges of this robust comedy.
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"It needs to ring loudly in our ears, ensuring that this fabulous comedy is not seen only as a twee, outdoor summer production in tights but one full of seriously strong, biting flavours."
Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, the play sees star-crossed lovers Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena, all of whom are in love with the partners they shouldn't be.
We follow the adventures of the four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £9. Call 01684 295074.