Act I tells Shakespeare's familiar story of lovers and fairies while Act II presents a strictly classical dance wedding celebration. The ballet dispenses with Shakespeare's play-within-a-play finale. Music by Felix Mendelssohn, conductor Nir Kabaretti and choreographed by George Balanchine.
This is the story of an unlikely love affair. As a teenager and aspiring comedian from a black working class community close to Birmingham, comedian turned actor Lenny Henry had a deep-seated aversion to Shakespeare and his "gobbledegook" language. Yet now he is one of the Bard's most passionate fans and wants the rest of us to feel the same way.