Sleaford Little Theatre is delighted to announce that plans are underway for a spectacular outdoor production of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'. A comedy by William Shakespeare Adapted and Directed by Maria Bates.
The play will be performed in the picturesque grounds of Rauceby Hall during July 2021, all things permitting, and we will be opening the 'doors' one hour before the performance to allow the audience to come and enjoy a picnic before the show if they so desire.
Wednesday 14th July – 7:30 pm
Thursday 15th July – 7:30 pm
Friday 16th July – 7:30 pm
Saturday 17th July – 7:30 pm
Sunday 18th July – 4:00 pm
When booking, please note that each ticket price represents a single space on the lawn and does not include a chair. You will be required to bring your own lawn chairs with you. Please also bring along a torch and a rain mac in case of a drizzle (no umbrellas as these will block sight lines for other members of the audience).
General parking will be set in an adjacent field. If you require a disabled parking space at the front of the house, please indicate this at the time of booking and include your disabled badge number in the booking notes section below.
The grounds will open one hour before the show, and there will be a dedicated area set aside for picnics if you wish to bring one along. Only your own food is allowed. There will be a bar on-site where all drinks can be purchased. There will also be a lovely vegan food stall selling vegan snacks and sweets if you prefer.
Please note that Rauceby Hall is a private residence, and SLT has been kindly allowed to use the allocated garden area for the purpose of the show. We politely request that you respect the space, private boundaries and take all your rubbish away with you.
Meet the cast
Tony joined Sleaford Little Theatre in 2004 and this will be his 34th appearance with the group. Tony has played roles ranging from Pop in “The Darling Buds of May” to the dresser in “The Dresser”, Tony had never considered Shakespeare until Maria cast him as Sir Toby Belch in “Twelfth Night” three years ago. He is very much looking forward to his second outing with the bard in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Jo has been involved with amateur dramatics for over ten years now and has performed and directed with Boston Playgoers and Heckington Players, this is Jo's first production with Sleaford Little Theatre and her first-time performing Shakespeare. Titania is a character Jo has always wanted to play and is thrilled to be part of this outdoor performance of a Midsummer Night's Dream.
Andy began with SLT in 2007 when he appeared in ‘Cat’s Cradle’. Bitten by the acting bug he has gone on to appear in a wide variety of roles including, Tom in ‘Accrington Pals’, Richard Hannay in ‘The 39 Steps’ and Count Orsino / Sir Andrew Aguecheek in ‘Twelfth Night’, his first attempt at Shakespeare. Andy is looking forward to reuniting with so many actors from the last bard’s play and enjoying Maria’s directing of Sleaford Little Theatre’s next adventure.
Caroline has always had a love of theatre and received a diploma in performing arts then followed this with a BA in Communication Arts from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She has taken on various roles through the years from Golde in Fiddler on the Roof to Van Helsing in Dracula. This will be her second Shakespearian production, having previously played Maria in Sleaford Little Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night.
Helen has been performing in theatre productions since she was a child, but despite growing up in Sleaford has never performed with Sleaford Little Theatre before. Helen may be recognisable from the numerous roles she has played with Grantham Dramatic Society, including Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Dolly in One Man Two Guvnors. Beyond performing, Helen has directed, produced, and fulfilled most backstage roles over the years, as well as working in the professional theatre industry in back office roles. Her first main role was in a KSHS production of Midsummer Night's Dream, playing Puck. Helen is delighted to now be crossing over into a human role in this version, and to be working with such an exciting cast and crew from Sleaford Little Theatre.
Hayley has been a keen performer since her childhood, having been a member of both Kuwait Little Theatre and Kuwait Players whilst living abroad with her family. At school she played the leading lady in various musicals such as Sandy in Grease and Guinevere in Camelot. Hayley has been a member of Sleaford Little Theatre since 2009, having moved back to the area after graduating from University and has been a regular performer ever since. She particularly enjoyed playing Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Aladdin in the Christmas Pantomime. This is Hayley's second Shakespeare performance after playing Viola in Sleaford Little Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night - an experience she will never forget and that has left her wanting more!
Briony is excited to be working with Sleaford Little Theatre for the first time. She has been performing with various amateur dramatic groups in Grantham for the past 8 years. Briony was privileged to be part of Gravity Fields Festival 2016 performing improvised street theatre alongside professional circus artists. She has also starred in several independent film projects, constantly striving towards new challenges to hone her craft. A Midsummer Night's Dream is the only Shakespeare play Briony has played in, previously taking the role of Egeus in an open-air performance in Wyndham Park Since March 2020 Briony has become addicted to online theatre, using the unique opportunity during lockdown to connect with actors, scriptwriters and scholars around the globe to explore, workshop and perform a plethora of material, including the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Andrew has been active in local Theatre for five years as an actor and Director and has taken on roles including Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Aslan in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hugo in the world premiere of The Vicar of Dibley, final Chapter (and Verse). Andrew has also played prominent roles in Stags and Hens by Willy Russell, and Tinman in the Wizard of Oz. This is Andrews second Shakespearian role after playing Feste in Twelfth Night two years ago with Sleaford Little Theatre and he is very much looking forward to portraying Demetrius in this fantastic production.
Rob joined the Sleaford Little Theatre in 2017 just after moving to the area from Kent. His first part was as a villager in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. He was later cast in Twelfth Night which he found quite demanding but very pleasurable and fun to do. Rob feels extremely fortunate to be cast in this production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream and is sure our director will guide us through Shakespeare with her usual flair.
This is Mike's first appearance with Sleaford Little Theatre, having moved to Sleaford in 2018. He has previously been a member of Frodsham Players in Cheshire and Javea Players on the Costa Blanca in Spain and has been appeared in a variety of roles with these groups over the past twenty years. However, this is his first role in a Shakespeare play and he is really looking forward to working with this talented team.
Kei is delighted to be acting with Sleaford Little Theatre again, after his most recent appearance as Madame Fifi in 2019’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. He has written, directed, and performed in countless productions in Lincolnshire and beyond in venues including Liverpool Empire, Grimsby Auditorium, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Skegness Embassy, Sheringham Little Theatre and the Terry O’Toole Theatre. Some of Kei’s favourite acting roles to date are Canon Throbbing in Habeas Corpus, Edward Kynaston in Nell Gwynn, the Narrator in Flint Street Nativity, Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served? and Widow Twankey in Aladdin. Quince has always been a role he’s longed to play so is very excited to get this opportunity, especially as he is going to be working alongside such a lovely, talented bunch of people.
Character: Snug (The Lion) & Mustardseed
Lionel is a British Product Artist living and working in Rauceby. Lionel’s expertise is in the creative use of digital design and manufacturing technologies, specifically 3D printing. His interests span far beyond this niche however, covering all aspects of the creative arts including film and theatre.
Character: Bottom (Pyramus)
Laura caught the acting bug at a young age, when she played Edmund in a production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at SHAPE in Belgium - sparking a love of theatre and acting. It also started a career of playing male parts, including Feste in Twelfth Night at the University of York, a croissant-wielding Belgian policeman in a Sherlock Holmes farce, and Frakenstein's Creature in Heckington Players' 2019 production of Frankenstein, which she also directed.
Laura has had the privilege to be a part of the last few pantomimes at Sleaford Little Theatre, including Billy in Sleeping Beauty and Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk, which allowed her to play the pantomime clown, which she enjoyed tremendously.
Laura is really excited to return to the beloved part of Bottom, which she previously played at the Lincoln Drill Hall as part of Shakespeare Schools Festival - it's a real treat to play one of her favourite Shakespeare characters, and she can't wait to return to acting Shakespeare with such a wonderful, fun cast!
Character: Flute (Thisbe)
Craig has been scratching an ‘itch’ to perform since as a young lad, he attended Saturday morning drama workshops at Nottingham Playhouse. So far, he has not had the opportunity to demonstrate his learned craft of portraying ‘a tree blowing in the wind’ but is sure that day will come! He has, however, shared the passion for Am Dram with lots of likeminded, fun, talented people with Sleaford Little Theatre & Heckington Players. Over the past 12 years Craig has enjoyed playing many character roles, the most memorable and fun being Dame in several Sleaford Playhouse Pantos. His first Shakespearean role was as Antonio in ‘Twelfth Night’. He is very excited to be playing Thisbe/Flute in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and to be directed by Maria Bates for a 2nd time. In addition, this will be the 1st time my Daughter (Kelsey) and I have been onstage together! ‘I hope the weather and Covid restrictions are kind enough to allow you to enjoy this hilarious play to the maximum!’ he says.
Character: Snout (Wall 1)
Linda has been a member of Sleaford Little Theatre for 11 years and has taken part in many productions, acting, backstage, front of house and directing. She has been involved with amateur dramatics for over 35 years although has never acted in a play written by Shakespeare. Linda is really looking forward to being part of the ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ team. She also enjoys singing and belongs to Heckington Singers and Take Note Choir as well as running a Singing for Pleasure U3A Group (pandemics allowing).
Character: Starveling (Moonshine) & Cobweb
In his youth, Jonny trod the boards in school productions of ‘Oh what a lovely war’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, only to return to the theatrical fold in Sleaford in 2015 as an assistant set builder. He relished the role as Algernon’s manservant Lane in ‘The Importance of being Earnest’. Other roles include the pirate Lucky Mickey in ‘Treasure Island’, King Nobby in ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Buster Gut Bucket in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, and Sebastian in Twelfth Night. He Is really looking forward to being part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Sleaford Little Theatres first outdoor performance.
Character: Wall 2 & Musician
Nigel has been singing and playing folk music for as long as he can remember, using guitars and melodeons. This will be his third time performing with Sleaford Little Theatre, and has enjoyed a rich variety of musical styles, from medieval banquets, to ceilidh's, folk clubs, and festivals. Nigel is never happier than when he is playing. He and his wife Teri have played musical venues together for several years now, finding enjoyment in everything musical.
After obtaining a Diploma in Performing Arts, Joanne taught Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the Birmingham School of Speech & Drama (now Birmingham School of Acting). On moving to Sleaford in 2006 to have her son she joined the Sleaford Little Theatre and Heckington Players, where she has been lucky enough to take part in many productions both on and off stage. As well as treading the boards herself, she is the co-founder of the Sleaford Little Theatre Academy, training the actors & actresses of tomorrow.
Character: Fairy 1, Moth & Singing Trio
This will be Kelsey’s first time performing on stage with the Sleaford Little Theatre. She has helped with choreography on several productions before, but never actually performed! She is excited to be a part of one of her favourite Shakespeare plays. Kelsey trained in Musical Theatre and worked professionally as a dancer/singer/actor before moving into the fitness industry. ‘My heart will always be in the arts and I’ll be onstage alongside my Dad which will also be pretty special! Let the magic begin...’ she says.
Character: Fairy 2, Peaseblossom & Singing Trio
As a student, Emma played Jane in ‘Salad Days’, directed ‘My Fair Lady’, ran the wardrobe at the ADC theatre, set painted for Footlights and took part in the Edinburgh Fringe, coming under the direction of Christopher Fry in his ‘The Boy with the cart’. She was also involved in productions in Rome, Bologna, the Festival Pucciniano and later the Bedford opera project. Joining Sleaford Little Theatre in 2013 as musical director for the youth production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ has led her to being voice coach, chaperone, and a variety of roles in several other productions.
Character: Fairy 3 & Singing Trio
This is Teri's second time with Sleaford Little Theatre as Musical Director, and also her second Shakespeare venture. Teri has also performed in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Cathedral, and Tattersall Castle. Teri's sings and plays tenor guitar, in a variety of styles and genre's including Traditional Folk and Contemporary Ballads, which she performs alongside her husband Nigel.