Royal Shakespeare Company creates new production in virtual midsummer forest with Marshmallow Laser Feast and Manchester International Festival

The Royal Shakespeare Company has developed a unique version of the Midsummer Night's Dream described as "a live, shared experience between actors and online audience members" involving the latest gaming and theatre technology with an interactive symphonic soundtrack "in a pioneering collaboration". The production is a collaboraiton with virtual reality performance company Marshmallow Laser Feast and biennial creative industries festival leaders Manchester International Festival.

The live performances will take place 12-20 March 2020. Tickets are available on the 'Dream Online' website. You can watch Dream on a smartphone, tablet or computer. There are two ways to watch: you can interact with the live performance through your device, or simply sit back and watch the live stream. Before booking, the website will run a device check to make sure both options will work. Find out more in the frequently asked questions on the 'Dream Online' website.

'Dream' is performed live in a specially created motion capture space. The characters move based on the actors movements in the visuals and world created by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. The actors respond to audience direction and interaction, making each performance unique. 

The show is soundtracked by a score based on recordings by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and is expanded by music created in real time by the movements of the performers, using the interactive music tool Gestrument, created by composer Jesper Nordin.

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