Shakespeare in Prescott Park



PORTSMOUTH, NH - Unrequited love and mischievous fairies collide on a starry night in William Shakespeare's most-loved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. As part of the inaugural season of Shakespeare in Prescott Park, audiences will see this free show during two afternoon performances only, July 24 and August 13.


This hilarious, magical, and imaginative piece will be performed on Prescott Park Arts Festival's outdoor stage, against the stunning backdrop of the Piscataqua River. Christine Penney, CJ Lewis, and Andy Fling, a veteran collaborative of Seacoast theatre artists, pitched the project to the festival's Executive Director Ben Anderson, who jumped at the opportunity to bring this program to festival audiences. "It's something I've always wanted to do," says Anderson. "Our goal is to make this new programming not only an annual event, but a cultural staple, uniting our Seacoast community while providing access to professional and accessible classical programming."

Penney, Lewis, and Fling bring demonstrated success in creating artistically excellent classical programming to the Seacoast. Lewis recently scored a Spotlight Award on his Best Director Arts Award win for his 2009 production of Hamlet, and Penney received a Best Director nomination for her 2009 production of Julius Caesar. The wildly comic, romantic, and mystical play follows the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors who fall under the spell of playful fairies inhabiting a moonlit forest. Both Fling and Lewis will star in the production under Penney's direction: Fling as Nick Bottom, the hysterically funny, aspiring actor who winds up sporting the head of a donkey thanks to a meddlesome fairy; and Lewis as the powerful Oberon, King of the fairy realm.  


The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes other local favorites Camden Brown, Megan Quinn, Chelsea Hermann, Becky Rudolf, Chris Savage, Matthew Schofield, Robin Fowler, Alden Caple, and dancer and choreographer Sarah Duclos, with original music composed by Jonny Peiffer.


Admission to A Midsummer Night's Dream is free, thanks to sponsors John Hancock Financial Services and New Hampshire Distributors. A $5 donation at the gate is suggested. The play runs for two performances only:  Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 PM; and Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 PM.  For more information call (603) 436-2848 or visit  



A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeareat Prescott Park

Two performances only

Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 PM

FREE admission ($5 suggested donation at the gate)

More information available at