Montgomery Play at the Castle

The play is organised by Montgomery Town Council and supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ “Night Out” scheme and Harrison’s Solicitors Welshpool. Organiser Mike Mills, who organises the play each year, said:



I am always thrilled to be involved with this project. We welcome Illyria each year to perform Shakespeare at the Castle and this year, as usual, we were sold out and had to turn people away.” He added, “The chance to see superb live theatre in such a beautiful and dramatic setting, and enjoy a picnic in the interval, is becoming a fixture on many people’s calendars.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Montgomery Castle 2022

An audience of over 200 people watched Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Montgomery Castle on Aug 17th, performed by the Illyria theatre company, who are celebrating their 30th birthday, and directed by Oliver Gray.


Over twenty characters were portrayed by means of quick costume changes and the high energy of the five members of the cast, Richard Blackman, Lily Carter, Sarah Coyne, Chris Laishley and Nathan Richard Smith. The course of true love ran anything but smooth as games of fantasy, love and dreams ensued in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.


Five couples; three human, one fairy, and one mythical, found their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumbled into the forest to rehearse a play. This timeless comic masterpiece explored every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged marriage to elopement; from infatuation to hatred; from chivalric devotion to raw sex. Add to this bawdy mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief, and the result was the most perfectly frothy comedy for a summer evening.


The event, supported by Montgomery Town Council and Harrison’s Solicitors, was organised by Mike Mills who said, “After the absence of live theatre in Montgomery for two years due to the pandemic, it was great to be able to stage this performance again. It’s very gratifying to see people turn up, have a picnic and enjoy one of the best outdoor performing theatrical companies in one of the most stunning locations in Powys.”


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