NAC is extending performance and event cancellations and postponements until June 30

The French Theatre presents: Le songe d’une nuit d’été

“This re-reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is fresh,

lively, quite sexy, and most important, hilarious.”

Geneviève Bouchard, Le Soleil, 21 janvier 2017 (transl.)


January 30, 2019 – OTTAWA – A romantic romp in an enchanted forest on a midsummer night. Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling directed by Olivier Normand, featuring acrobats from the FLIP Fabrique circus troupe.

A jealous king, a flighty queen of the fairies, a quartet of lovers on the run, and a troupe of execrable actors cross paths in an enchanted kingdom, where mischievous Puck muddles thought and sparks passion with his love potion. From its Peter Pan-style prologue to its delightfully grotesque conclusion, Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy is dusted off, shaken out and invigorated by Olivier Normand, who uses the acrobatic skills of FLIP Fabrique and the music of Josué Beaucage to set a wonderfully dreamlike mood.

February 13 to 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the NAC Babs Asper Theatre

Performed in French only with no English surtitles


Written by: William Shakespeare // French translation by: Michelle Allen // Directed by: Olivier Normand // Cast: Marc Auger, Josué Beaucage, Emmanuel Bédard, Hugues Frenette, Jean-Michel Girouard, Valérie Laroche, Maude Boutin-St-Pierre, André Robillard, Olivier Normand, Jean-Sébastien Ouellette, Mary-Lee Picknell, Émile Pineault, Mathias Reymond and one actor to be confirmed // Original music composed and performed by: Josué Beaucage // Choreography: Alan Lake

Produced by: Théâtre du Trident

Coproduced by: FLIP Fabrique

Running time: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with no intermission



There will be a post-show talk after the performance on Thursday, February 14. A unique opportunity to gain insight into the show and to aks the artists some questions!


Show’s webpage: