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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – By the Numbers - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – By the Numbers

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10 – Shakespeare productions that have now been mounted at La Jolla Playhouse. This production is also the second time Midsummer has been produced. The first time was in 1995 and starred Malcolm Jamal-Warner as Lysander, the handsome Athenian in love with Hermia.

414 – Years since the play was first performed in England in 1596. There is some debate, however, whether is was first performed in 1596 for aristocratic weddings, or whether it was written for the Queen’s feast day celebration of St. John two years earlier.

25 – Cast members in the show (including three acrobats on the ground and in the air). This doesn’t even count the onstage orchestra, which is an integral part of this production.

2.5 – Minutes that actress Charlayne Woodard has to change costumes and hair from Hippolyta to Titania before needing to be back on stage. Talk about a quick change!

1,400 – Square feet of the Midsummer set (an impressive number even by Playhouse standards). Add 700 square feet onto that if you count the backstage area.

2,670 – Man-hours spent building the costumes for the production. This doesn’t even include time spent renting costumes, performing alterations, doing fittings and keeping them clean and in repair.

14 – Days until previews of the show begin in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, which start on July 20.

31 – Starting price of tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Get them while they last! Call the Box Office at (858) 550-1010, or hop over here

We’ll see you there!


  1. This is brilliant. :)


    11:51 am

  2. A long time season ticket holder,this is one of the most entertaining play I’ve seen at the La Jolla Playhouse. It’s also the best production of Midsummer Night’s Dream I have seen. Brilliant sums it up nicely!


    9:43 pm