Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players come together for a production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Nights Dream. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. This is another opportunity for theatre-goers to take in some Shakespeare that isn’t already being done this summer in the red and white tents at Vanier Park.

2. This is a great opportunity to show your support for an emerging theatre company, Alchemy Theatre, which is made up of young actors from across the Lower Mainland.

3. Vagabond Players is the oldest community theatre in British Columbia with its origins going back to 1922. During the past 78 years, the group has presented over 350 productions with several well-known actors having tread the boards including Dolores Kirkwood, Ed Harrington, Bruno Gerussi, Bernie Legge, and Raymond Burr.

4. The companies are promising “a magical classic with a contemporary twist” – our favourite kind of Shakespeare.

5. A Midsummer Nights Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, with its whimsical tale of four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

A Midsummer Nights Dream plays at the The Bernie Legge Theatre (Queens Park, New Westminster) until August 16. Visit or for tickets and information.