SHAKESPEARE’S magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to take centre stage at the Thameside Theatre.

The production, set in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate and control four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors, is bought to Grays on Monday, March 4, by the respected Sell A Door theatre company.

A spokesman for the Thameside Theatre said: “Fairies, lovers, hapless actors, a disapproving father and off course oodles of theatrical magic!

“Hermia loves Lysander and Lysander adores Hermia.

“But Demetrius desires Hermia while Helena dotes on Demetrius.

“All of this gets spun on its head at the intervention of Oberon and his sprightly fairy Puck.

“This production from nationally renowned Sell A Door is guaranteed to be dynamic with music and madness revealing the darker side of this much loved comedy.”

Sell A Door was set up in 2007 by a small group of artists studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

At first they only performed in and around the Liverpool area, but gradually expanded, and in 2009, the company relocated to its current bases in London and Stirling.

Getting young people interested in theatre is one of its key aims.

A spokesman for the company said: “Sell a Door try to produce their season to cater for a wide genre of ages and tastes, yet the majority of our touring work is targeted at the young adult and teenage age bracket.

“Bringing young people to the theatre is essential in growing our industry, and with the competition of cinema, online entertainment and other media outlets, Sell a Door feels its greatest challenge is to attract young adults and teenagers to see our shows and excite them of the possibilities in theatre.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream starts at the Thameside, in Orsett Road, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12 and can be bought by logging on to For more information, call the theatre on 0845 3005264.