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RSC 2014 Open Stages project: A Midsummer's Night Dream RUGBY THEATRE LONDON School of Fashion costume graduate Jay Lad has set up a design studio at his home filled with costumes for Rugby Theatre's magical new production.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2014 Open Stages project and features some of the theatre's most spectacular outfits ever.

Director Rob Sloan said: "Everyone has had to work so hard to pull it all together.

"And it's not just the wardrobe team who have been going the extra mile.

"We've transformed the auditorium to change the shape of the stage so that it looks like a smaller version of the "thrust" stage at the RSC in Stratford. We want our production to be truly accessible, fast paced and full of action."

Rob, whose production of Romeo and Juliet was chosen to close the RSC's Open Stages project in Stratford in 2012, said: "We're planning an enchanting night in the forest featuring a bunch of fairies with attitude, a king and queen at war, a mischievous sprite - and of course Bottom and his band of amateur actors who are busy rehearsing another play."

Rob has also been working with a team of schoolchildren from aged seven, who play a bunch of badly-behaved fairies.

Rob said: "The children have been incredibly enthusiastic and energetic. It has been so much fun trying to bring it all together."

A Midsummer Night's Dream runs until Saturday. Tickets start at PS11. Ring the box office on 01788 541234, or go to CATHERINE VONLEDEBUR PREVIEW Trinity Live THE ASSEMBLEY, LEAMINGTON SPA A ONE-day mini touring rock festival and auction in aid of three UK cancer charities includes sets by Arena, Touchstone and The Reasoning, at Leamington's Assembly.

Trinity Live, sponsored by Prog magazine, takes place on Sunday following an initial show in London.

Like all acts on the bill, the headliners agreed to wave their usual fee so all monies including bar profits can be donated to Cancer Research UK, Brain Tumour Research and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. There will also be sets by Heather Findlay, Matt Stevens and Alan Reed, Rob Reed and friends and Lost In Vegas.

The idea for Trinity Live came about when Magenta singer Christina Booth was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The band had cancelled all gigs for 2014, but they have just announced that they will be playing on Sunday.

Christina said: "I will be performing a short set with Magenta and hopefully a surprise duet too, at the Trinity Festival as my treatment is going well."

Artists and bands including Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, The Darkness, Marillion, Roger Dean, Rush and Pendragon have donated items for a charity rock auction.



Cast members of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which runs at Rugby Theatre until Saturday, from left, Alison Tinham, Faye Wallace and Jonny Teasdale
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 15, 2014
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