The Tower on Tour in Paris

The 2012 tour to the Jardin Shakespeare with A Midsummer Night's Dream.

(Pictures of the show itself are here.)

2012 marked our 21st expedition to Paris and the second time we had presented A Midsummer Night's Dream in the open-air theatre in the Bois de Boulogne.

This year we again broke records with over 2000 people seeing the show. An enthusistic and talented cast gave cracking performances - and were given great support by the crew and FOH teams. The weather was generally grey and miserable, with one performance touch-and-go because of a heavy downpour shortly before curtain-up. But the week ended on a glorious summer day with a capacity crowd for the final performance.

As usual, the Company was not slow in seeking out the attactions of Paris, soaking up the atmosphere, sights, bars and restaurants, with a bit of sightseeing thrown in.

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Setting off from St Pancras on Eurostar
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The path from the bus to the theatre
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris First rehearsal on stage : the most photographed moment of the show!
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Megan teaches the dance to the Paris fairies
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Danger - gazebo construction in progress!
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Penny and Laurence editing the subtitles
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Scary male fairies make their entrance
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The Curtain Call is set
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Box Office is set up ready to go ...
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris ... and the theatre awaits the first audience
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The 'dressing room' was the tunnel behind the stage ...
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris ... which also had the props table
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The Lion applies his make-up
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The Q & A session after the first performance
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris And then time for a game of cards before the evening show
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Or maybe a walk to the Bagatelle to see the peacocks (and to have the most expensive cup of tea in Paris)
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris It's not really raining; just dripping off the trees
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Sorry, we were wrong, it really is raining!
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris On a brighter day, back into Paris on the bus ...
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris ... and the Metro
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris And time for a good meal
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris And then some dancing
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Some free time to look at the well-known sights
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris A typical Paris street scene
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Some lesser known parts of the city
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris And some almost totally hidden
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris A trip to Paris wouldn't be the same without a demonstration - this one against control of the Internet
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Off to another bar to support England
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The last performance - a packed house
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The whole Company on stage
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris Celebrating the end of the run
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The Director gives his verdict on the production
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris The last night meal
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris A happy (and relieved) Tour Manager
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Paris And back to St Pancras
 

Photography by Annemarie Fearnley, Jonathan Wober, Guinevere Tufnell, Stephen Doak and Laurence Tuerk.