Regents Park Open Air Theatre (2001) Theater


Benedict as Demetrius and Ferdinand in two Shakespearean plays at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Benedict Cumberbatch landed his first major theatre roles after graduating from LAMDA at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2001. From June to September he starred in two Shakespeare plays, as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Ferdinand, King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream
The king wants to get married and a great feast is prepared for the occasion. His daughter Hermia is to get married too, to the wealthy Demetrius, who loves Hermia idolatrous. But Hermia loves Lysander, and so the two flee into the forest – closely followed by the jealous Demetrius and Helena, who is in love with Demetrius. At the same time a group of craftsmen is rehearsing a play for the wedding of the king in the woods. Also elves and fairies inhabit the forest. Meanwhile the servant Puck is mandated by Oberon, King of the Fairies, to trick the Kings wife into taking a love potion. But he allows himself a little joke and spreads the potion to the human couples. A chaos of emotion and love begins with disastrous consequences.

Love’s Labour’s Lost
Four men – one vow. The young King Ferdinand and his three friends, Lord Dumaine, Lord Berowne and Lord Longaville decide to devote the next three years of their lives completely to their studies, and to avoid women especially. But their efforts are baffled by the unexpected arrival of the Princess of France and her three court ladies. For the young men a dream and a nightmare at the same time.



A Midsummer’s Night Dream

But there are other plus points here. The young lovers are an attractive set, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch’s Demetrius and Candida Benson’s Helena.What’s on Stage

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