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The Dreaming

• Presented by The National Youth Music Theatre
• Directors: Russell Labey and Jeremy James Taylor
• Author: William Shakespeare
• Composer: Howard Goodall
• Book and Lyrics: Charles Hart
• Genre: Musical
• Date: December 2001 – January 2002
• Venue: Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London
• Runtime: 3 hours

The Dreaming is set in the grounds and woods of a Somerset country estate in June 1914, on the eve of World War One. Sylvia and Angel are two rivals battling for control of the forest, which is also home to a young runaway who has fled to the woods. As the local villagers prepare for a performance of The Ballad of St George and the Dragon, the antics of those in the forest result in chaos among would-be suitors in the village.

From the Gallery

Cast Highlights

• Sarah Brown … Jennifer
• Aaron Buckingham … Forest King
• Jordan Metcalfe … Jack
• Chiké Okonkwo …

Song List

• Thursday’s Children
• Dream-Nights
• Cuckoo-Song
• Heart of the Wood
• Love-in-Idleness
• Night & Silence
• Jennifer I
• Act I Finale
• Under The Hill
• Jennifer II
• Midsummer Madness
• Catch Me If You Can
• Jack’s Dreaming
• The Dreaming
• The Rising Of The Sun
• The Banner of St George
• Cheek’s Dream

Click here to listen to the original cast recording (featuring Ben Barnes).