A Midsummer Night’s Dream

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Bromley Church House Gardens, 20 – 24 July

Huge congratulations to Bromley Community Arts Theatre for their outdoor production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Bromley’s Church House Gardens where they frolicked before a magical backdrop of lake, woodland and even a rising ‘lanthorn’.  

There couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate the relaxation of Covid restrictions than for families and friends to picnic together in the cosy amphitheatre of the Gardens on a balmy summer evening last week while fairies and mortals capered below and flocks of ducks flew overhead.

It is to the credit of BCAT and Bromley Little Theatre, together with the last-minute support of the Mayor and Bromley Council that the production was in fact able to go ahead after Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges, for reasons best known to themselves, withdrew their original offer to provide the performance venue, leaving cast and crew with just under three weeks to find an alternative site.

In the event however, the enforced change of venue enabled the ‘re-discovery’ of the Gardens’ potential for a range of outdoor community performances which BCAT and BLT are hoping to discuss with Bromley Council going forward.  

‘If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here while these visions did appear’

Brian McEwan