A Mercury Production in association with Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Midsummer title in red, next to a couple behind a red umbrella with a guitar and bottle of wine
Helena (Karen Young) & Bob (Ross Carswell) stand opposite each other, smiling under an umbrella, with the set depicting the buildings of Edinburgh behind them and a wall of umbrellas at the very back of the stage
The full cast are in a line across the stage rocking out on guitars
Bob (Ross Carswell) and Helena (Karen Young) sit at the front of the stage with a postman's mailbag, looking at a letter that lights up their faces, in the buildings in the background, the Narrators (Laura Andresen Guimarães & Will Arundell) hold up letters too.
Narrator 1 (Will Arundell), Helena (Karen Young) & Bob (Ross Carswell) play guitar and Narrator 2 (Laura Andresen Guimarães) the tambourine, with bright lights and haze behind them
Helena (Karen Young) wearing a pink bridesmaid dress, looks up, whilst confetti rains down around her, Narrator 1 (Will Arundell) is in the background popping a confetti cannon
Narrator 1 as Brendan (Will Arundell) holds a camera whilst sitting on some steps, in the background Narrator 2 (Laura Andresen Guimarães) sits on a building, watching on
Full company holding bottles of wine, with hands in the air, shouting, they look like they are having fun
Bob (Ross Carswell) holds two illuminated traffic cones to his chest, Helena (Karen Young) watches on, doubling over with laughter
Narrator 2 (Laura Andresen Guimarães) plays the bass whilst singing, a wall of umbrellas behind her
Full Company smiling and playing guitar
Karen Young having a piggy back with Ross Carswell who has a cone on his head
Full Company smiling as their heads poke out from behind an umbrella
Karen Young wearing sunglasses and a party hat smiling at Ross Carswell who is playing guitar
Full Company 2 Midsummer Photo by Pamela Raith
Laura Andresen Guimarães playing the saxophone
Ross Carswell & Karen Young smiling at each other under an umbrella
Will Arundell wearing a party hat whilst playing the cello
Ross Carswell smiling and playing guitar
Full Company standing under umbrellas
Ryan McBryde with his hand under his chin, looking thoughtful
Karen Young playing the violin
Ross Carswell with a traffic cone on his head and Karen Young shouting into a traffic cone
Will, Karen and Laura standing close to each other, smiling
Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 18 May 2024
Approx. 2hrs, incl. interval
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:
16+, under 18s to be accompanied by an adult
Contains strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and flashing light effects.

A wild ride of love, laughs, and lost weekends

Hilariously funny, heart-warming, feel good romantic musical comedy of a great lost weekend in Edinburgh that will steal your heart and have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.

The story’s starting point is a meeting on Midsummer Eve in a wine bar of a pair of lonely 35-year-olds in need of solace.

Helena is a high-powered divorce lawyer “at a loose end,” insecure about looming spinsterhood with a taste for other people’s husbands. Bob is a failing car salesman, would be poet, turned petty criminal who fears he has “peaked in 2005.” A loveable lout who has always been “medium” in the worst way.

She’s totally out of his league and he’s not her type at all. There’s absolutely no reason why they should get together, but they do. What ensues is a helter-skelter weekend in which they lose themselves and their inhibitions; two loners looking for mutual consolation.

It’s an unlikely coupling as both are all too aware, but it’s Midsummer and anything can happen…

Irresistibly comical, laugh a minute play with a beautiful music score that you’ll be singing long after you’ve left the theatre.

Penned by award-winning playwright, David Greig, with songs composed by Gordon McIntyre and directed by our Creative Director Ryan McBryde (The Importance of Being Earnest, Pieces of String, Moll Flanders), Midsummer is a rose-tinted musical rom-com, a fast-paced, funny look at love, life, and the ache of aging.


Content to Consider

Please note Midsummer has an age guidance of 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult) and contains strong language throughout, scenes of a sexual nature, simulated vomiting, simulated smoking and occasional bursts of flashing light effects. To read more about this content in detail, please Click Here (please be aware this document may contain mild spoilers for the show).

Accessible performances

There will be an Audio Described performance on Sat 18 May, 2.30pm (which includes a pre-show Touch Tour if required) and there will be a Captioned performance on Fri 10 May, 7.30pm.

Midsummer Sharing Burger Platter/Sharing Platter Offer

Book two tickets for Midsummer and the Midsummer Sharing Burger Platter for two people OR a Sharing Platter for two people, and receive 20% off your order – with the platters and tickets discounted! Simply add both items to your online basket and the offer will apply automatically, or alternatively call our box office on 01206 573948 to book over the phone.

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10% off Wagamama Colchester offer

We have teamed up with Wagamama Colchester and you can get 10% off your food order when you dine in and show them your Midsummer tickets!

Terms and conditions apply: The 10% off offer at Wagamama Colchester will be valid with any Midsummer ticket (regardless of date on the ticket, so you don’t have to use it on the same day or you can use it if you have already seen the show) from Tue 7 – Sat 18 May. The offer can be used at any date and time when dining at Wagamama, but you can only claim this offer once, and Wagamama will mark your ticket. If you have an e-ticket, it would be preferred if you could either get them exchanged into physical tickets at the theatre or print at home. The 10% off will be applied when you show your Midsummer ticket, just quote Midsummer Ticket Offer and show your ticket when getting your bill. Standard terms and conditions of ticket purchases apply, and please refer to Wagamama Colchester for their own offer terms and conditions.

Ross Carswell

Ross Carswell


Karen Young

Karen Young


Will Arundell

Will Arundell

Narrator 1

Laura Andresen Guimarães

Laura Andresen Guimarães

Narrator 2


Director – Ryan McBryde
Designer – Libby Todd
Musical Director – Paul Herbert
Lighting Designer – Rory Beaton
Sound Designer – Mark Melville 
Movement Director – Chihiro Kawasaki
Casing Director – Natalie Gallacher for Pippa Ailion Casting
Assistant Director* – Chani Merrell *Birkbeck Placement

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