Shakespeare With Your Sarnies At The St James Theatre

If your lunch breaks are lacking in culture (aside from those curious goodies promised by your yoghurt), you’ll be pleased to hear there’s lunchtime theatre on offer in Victoria later this month.

Theatre company Butterfly, who specialise in producing classic theatre in your lunchbreak, is back following a successful run of The Importance of Being Earnest with another perennial favourite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The quarreling fairies and confused lovers have been updated and located in modern-day Victoria and St James’ Park, with the action condensed to a 45-minute eight-man show. Audiences can munch through their packed lunches as the action unfolds; or buy a St James lunch bag for a fiver.

Aileen Gonsalves, artistic director of Butterfly, says, “Lunchtime theatre is all about providing pure entertainment to our audience. We know they’re busy. We know they want to have a break, to escape, to feel something, to cry, laugh and gasp. In 45 minutes every moment is precious and needs to be filled with life.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs in the St James Theatre Studio, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA, from 15 July to 26 July, weekdays only, at 1pm. Tickets cost £8 in advance; £10 on the door. Visit stjamestheatre.com.uk to find out more.

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