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A midsummer night's dream

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A midsummer night's dream - an adaptation of William Shakespeare

Coproduced by Zéfiro Théâtre and Reine Mer Theatre Company

Supported by Communauté d'agglomération Rochefort Océan, la 

Ville de Rueil Malmaison and la Ville de Rochefort


directed by 

Rafael Bianciotto

conception and adaptation

Rafael Bianciotto et Lucas Rastoll


Alice Bié

Elvira Barboza

Benjamin Farfallini

Louise Ferry

Juliette Marcelat

Lucas Rastoll

setting and soundtrack

Jean-Luc Priano

costume designer

Laetitia Pasquet

Theseus, duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, with a four-day festival of pomp and entertainment. He commissions his Master of the Revels, Philostrate, to find suitable amusements for the occasion. Egeus, an Athenian nobleman, marches into Theseus’s court with his daughter, Hermia, and two young men, Demetrius and Lysander. Egeus wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius (who loves Hermia), but Hermia is in love with Lysander and refuses to comply. Egeus asks for the full penalty of law to fall on Hermia’s head if she flouts her father’s will. Theseus gives Hermia until his wedding to consider her options, warning her that disobeying her father’s wishes could result in her being sent to a convent or even executed. Nonetheless, Hermia and Lysander plan to escape Athens the following night and marry in the house of Lysander’s aunt, some seven leagues distant from the city. They make their intentions known to Hermia’s friend Helena, who was once engaged to Demetrius and still loves him even though he jilted her after meeting Hermia. Hoping to regain his love, Helena tells Demetrius of the elopement that Hermia and Lysander have planned. At the appointed time, Demetrius stalks into the woods after his intended bride and her lover; Helena follows behind him.


January 2021


First meetings and writing


March 2021


Research residency

La Boîte, Rochefort

February/March 2022


Rueil-Malmaison / Rochefort

March 2022

Théâtre Athénée, Rueil-Malmaison



Marc Bianchini

Artistic director

Lucas Rastoll

+ 33 767 436 535


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