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We're celebrating 25 years of Taking Part with a joyous season of work created with our local communities. Find out more.

Swingin' the Dream Artwork
Watch Online until Saturday 16 January

Royal Shakespeare Company with the Young Vic and Theatre for a New Audience present

Swingin' the Dream

Swingin' the Dream was first broadcast on Saturday 9 January

Watch online until Saturday 16 January

Watch online: £10


A concert of a work in progress including original music and songs from the 1939 production. Presented by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Telling the story of an intriguing Broadway musical adaptation of Shakespeare. This jazz-infused version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened in 1939 with a heady mixture of talent, including Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan, and musical contributions from Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

We team up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatre for a New Audience (New York) to swing into the new year in style.

Presented by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Musical Director Peter Edwards

Vocals Zara McFarlane

Trumpet Chris Storr

Bass Neil Charles

With Alfred Clay, Andrew French, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Cornell S. John, Georgia Landers, Mogali Masuku, Baker Mukasa and Anne Odeke.