28 - 29 July 2018
Midsummer Nights Dream
By William Shakespeare
Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Founded 1863 would later be renamed Broadmoor Hospital.
Treating hundreds of patients, many serial killers, schizophrenics, murderers, psychopaths, and many suffering from depression. Charles Bronson, Ronald Kray and Peter Sutcliffe where just a few of the patients to be treated at Broadmoor.
Treatments ranged from medication to electro shock treatment. Dramatherapy was later introduced, and would see patients acting out Shakespeare's most loved plays.
In the mid to late 1900’s the RSC visited Broadmoor and performed for the patients.
A hospital-wide collaborative enterprise was activated. It involved staff, and called for advice and practical help from many patients.
Some actors, perhaps too apprehensive for their own safety, didn’t join in. Nor did every patient, for reasons un-recorded, want to see the plays.
"Clare Higgings expresses the most extreme revelation, when she wants, in future, to rehearse shakespeare with Broadmore patients. She and the rest of us were reminded of the importance of playing..."- Sir Ian McKellan
Directed by Leo Sene
Choreography by Megan Palfreyman
Original concept by David Page
Sat at 3pm & 7.30pm
Sun at 2pm & 6pm
Running time approx.120 mins with an interval
All Tickets: £16.50
Allocated seating. Strictly No Latecomers Admitted.