The Dreamer

A Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre & Gecko co-production

Gecko artists working alongside Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre have created an original story inspired by the dreams of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu.

Employing Gecko’s trademark style, associate director Rich Rusk and devising performer Chris Evans blend emotionally driven movement, a spine tingling soundscape and striking visual storytelling to bring a new twist to these classic texts, performed by a Chinese cast. With design by Rhys Jarman, lighting design by Chris Swain and an original through composed score by Dave Price, featuring virtuoso violinist Ni Peiwen playing live.

Created as part of the British Council’s 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the show is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As an additional celebration of this unique collaboration between China and the UK, the production is also influenced by The Peony Pavilion written by Shakespeare’s Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu.

Winner of the prestigious 2016 One Drama award China for Best Stage Design.

22/23rd Zuolin Drama Awards winners
Best Actress: Yang Ziyi
Best Actor: Liu Peng
Best Newcomer: Yang Jingran

★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The List
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

  • Vivid, enthralling…a production that has all the Gecko hallmarks of quick transformation and sensation, including a driving recorded score by Dave Price, vitally punctuated by the violinist Ni Peiwen’s live playing.
  • The Times
  • It’s a predictably classy show, the swirling action scored with crashing, crescendoing passion by Dave Price – with live, virtuoso violin from Ni Peiwen.
  • The Stage
  • Visually stunning, audibly mesmerising and heart stoppingly thrilling.
  • Broadway Baby
  • A stunning production…this is one show that should be on the top of your list to see this year.
  • British Theatre Guide