A Midsummer Night's Musical
Are you ready to witness an outrageously ironic transformation of Shakespeare's most magical comedy (yes, we're obviously talking about A Midsummer Night's Dream) into a wild, jukebox-pop-musical/karaoke party?
Would you like to see Oberon, Titania, Puck and other hyper-famous characters transformed into egocentric divas and desperate wannabes, moving seamlessly from iambic pentameter to international pop anthems of the 2000s?
Then support us and help us make it possible, live on stage, in Summer 2021!
With this project we want to make Shakespeare even more "popular" in the very sense of the word and provide an unforgettable entertainment experience for the community, full of joy, laughter and positive energy after this dark period of isolation, struggle and uncertainty.
We took the original text of the play and deconstructed it completely, inventing ridiculous sub-plots, stretching the relationships to their most absurd potential and transforming the well-known characters into over-the-top, contemporary drama queens. We blended the enchanting musicality of the Shakespearean text with the energetic rhythms of well-known pop songs that, we are sure, the audience will end up dancing and singing along to, creating a communal karaoke experience where the threshold between actors and audience becomes thinner and thinner.
Help us take you on this rollercoaster ride!
Project Time Plan
We are in the pre-production phase, fine-tuning the script and setting up the production team. We will have a project kick-off towards the end of September 2020, then we will run skill-building workshops and auditions until November, with the aim to complete the casting process and start rehearsing latest at the end of November/beginning of December. Our plan is to have a first run of live performances in Berlin in June 2021, then bring the show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2021 for a limited, 1-week run.
How will we use your donations?
As an independent non-profit organisation, we receive no public funding and all our productions are self-funded with great effort by our company members. Every single tickets sale of our performances and occasional private donations go into reimbursing incurred production costs, or financing our next projects.
Every single ₤ invested in this project will matter the world to us and the total net donations will go into supporting our production costs for A Midsummer Night's Musical. First and foremost, we will finance the following basic costs for the show:
- professional microphones and sound equipment
- copyright/licensing fees for the songs (approximately 15 VERY popular songs from the 2000s)
- the most colourful, outrageously eccentric costumes and props you could ever dream of!
Who we are
We are Shakespeare: Reloaded e.V., an independent, international theatre company and registered non-profit organisation based in Berlin, known for reimagining works by Shakespeare amongst other classic playwrights in fearless new creative contexts and locations.
We are active since November 2017 and so far we produced 3 different shows, for a total of 23 live performances.
We have already brought 2 Shakespeare plays to life in Berlin: we debuted in June 2018 with A Midsummer Night's Dream, a semi-immersive itinerant show, staged in a magnificent garden in Berlin-Neukölln, accompanied by original music.
In November 2019 we performed a brand new, boundary- pushing adaptation of Julius Caesar, set in a fantastical Rome populated by supernatural creatures and fierce female leaders.
After a successful Berlin run in Spring 2019, our production of The Importance of Being Earnest toured to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, gaining acclaim from theatre publications and audience:
“Shakespeare: Reloaded have reworked this classic Oscar Wilde play into something almost unrecognisable. [...] They are phenomenal as individuals, but unforgettable as an ensemble [...] we should all keep an eye on this company.” - Four Star review from BroadwayBaby
"An absolute delight, perfectly paced and utterly manic" - Audience Feedback
"The whole room was shaking with laughter, a brilliant and original take, and definitely a company to look out for in future!" - Audience Feedback
"Excellent physical comedy, outrageous characters, and snappy timing made it as memorable as it was hilarious." - Audience Feedback
We take the quality of our projects very seriously but we also love to laugh about ourselves, and we invite the audience to do the same, together with us.
Whatever you give us, we'll give it back to you in terms of outrageous entertainment and an explosion of positive energy!