A charismatic Mick Hucknall look-alike who bursts into song at every opportunity is not what you expect from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Then neither is a full-blown food fight, actors-turned-action-heroes ‘trapped’ in a computer game or Superman charging round in Lycra and a cape.
But even traditionalists couldn’t fail to find Filter Theatre’s inventive production truly entertaining on its opening night at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre.
There was never a dull moment, from the Irish comedy club-style start to the clever twist of inviting a ‘musician’ from the audience to stand in for missing Bottom, everyone’s favourite fool.
His determination to interrupt the cast and turn every poetic moment into a song stole the show, despite a talent-studded line-up.
He may have looked like the star of Simply Red, but his repertoire included a Barry White-style love scene setter and heavy rock as a backdrop to the chaos around him.
By the end of the show, it was no wonder they had renamed it ‘Bottom’s Dream’.
For a chance to catch an unmissable performance, you’ll have to be quick before it ends its tour on Saturday.