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Ein Sommernachtstraum

By William Shakespeare
German translation by Angela Schanelec in cooperation with Jürgen Gosch and Wolfgang Wiens
In a version by Antú Romero Nunes and the company

Theater Basel

Premiere 17 December 2022

A man leans on a stick on a stage where confetti is raining down. Behind him is a woman in an evening dress holding some kind of stick.

Trailer © Theater Basel

With their interpretation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, where a school assembly hall turns into a magic forest and performing teachers become Helena, Puck and Bottom, Antú Romero Nunes and his cast invite us to a sumptuous, hilarious celebration of theatre.

Watch the full-length performance online
in the 3sat-Mediathek and in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library from Friday, 12 May to Thursday, 7 September

Watch the full-length performance on television
Saturday, 13 May at 20:15 on 3sat

Audience discussion
Monday, 22 May after the performance
Moderation: Jutta Wangemann, attending jury member: Valeria Heintges

A group of people enter the stage, immediately recognisable as teachers. They rehearse Shakespeare’s iconic play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from the late 16th century, where four young lovers stumble into an enchanting forest just days before the ruling couple of Athens is to be married. Apart from the feuding fairy couple Oberon and Titania and the sprite Puck, this forest also holds magic potions that change identities, blur realities and create spaces of possibility. More and more, the teachers commit to their acting, their representation grows more skilful, their imaginations soar and the evening becomes even more fun for everyone.
Antú Romero Nunes and Theater Basel’s company, who show an extraordinary versatility, perform at their peak. The stage gradually transforms into a magic forest. And an elaborate concept of costumes and music changes the theatre space into a fantasy world which asks the question of what is illusion and what is reality in its most inherent metier: in the theatre.

Statement of the Jury
There is it, the overwhelming, laugh-until-you-cry funny comedy: If “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the favourite of all amateur dramatics clubs – then let’s have an amateur dramatics club playing it. Director Antú Romero Nunes transforms the acting company of Theater Basel into a places a staff of teachers full of quirks and foibles and gives them free rein to act. And how they act – with such relish, such skills! The uptight history teacher turns into Helena, the principal and his wife become Oberon and Titania. And the shy ethics teacher first transforms into the doddering Egeus and then into a Puck who not only delights in confusion but also has kleptomaniac tendencies. The teachers immerse themselves ever more deeply into the play and become more and more professional, they move ever more deeply into the forest, into imagination, into the dream, the subconscious. The seven actors and the musician are enveloped in more and more curtains – their awakening will be terrible. This “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a theatre that celebrates itself, challenges itself, mocks itself. Great fun!

Tojuror Valeria Heintges’ video statement in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library

Programmebooklet (pdf, 2.4 MB)

Artistic Team

Antú Romero Nunes – Director
Matthias KochStage and Costume Design
Anna BauerMusic
Vassilios ChassapakisLighting Design
Jan Fitschen / Christof StürchlerSound
Inga Schonlau / Timon JansenDramaturgy


Michael KlammerTheseus / Oberon / Fabio
Aenne SchwarzHippolyta / Titania / Vroni
Gala Othero WinterEgeus / Puck / Patricia
Sven SchelkerDemetrius / Elf / Donkey / Patrick
Anne HaugLysander / Elf / Cordula
Fabian KrügerHelena / Elf / Dominik
Nairi HadodoHermia / Elf / Natasha
Luzius SchulerCornelius/ Live Music, Sound Producing

Performing rights: Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt am Main

The performances in Berlin are supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.