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About Fairycakes

An all-star cast of theatrical favorites comes together in this uproarious clash of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and old-world fairy tales from five-time Tony nominee, Drama Desk, and two-time Outer Critics Circle Award winner Douglas Carter Beane, with original music by Lewis Flinn.

One night in the forest, puckish mischief leads to mismatched lovers from across all your favorite stories. And what begins as love at first sprite, grows into something more as the feelings from one midsummer night carry over to the bright light of day.

So come and sit for a spell. Because in this theatre, magic is real.

Beane will direct the cast which features, in order of appearance, Mo Rocca (“CBS Sunday Morning”, Spelling Bee) , Alfie Fuller (BLKS) , Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish), Kuhoo Verma ( Hulu’s “Plan B”, Octet), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Jamen Nanthakumar (The Kill One Race), Julie Halston (Tootsie, The Divine Sister) , Jason Tam (Be More Chill, Lysistrata Jones), Chris Myers (BLKS), Z Infante (Alice By Heart) and Sabatino Cruz (“Sesame Street).

Tickets available now starting at $35.

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These are some pucked-up fairytales. In the forest of Fairycakes, where Shakespeare’s characters and fairytale characters meet, magic is real and anything can happen. Fairycakes tickets are on sale now.

The Fairycakes play mashes up A Midsummer Night’s Dream with classic, old-world fairytales in one fantasy forest. With a little magical help from famous tricksters like Puck, the characters, in the most unlikely of pairs, fall in love at first sight — or should we say, first “sprite.” Soon, their fleeting feelings take root and blossom into something more by the time a midsummer’s night turns into the next midsummer’s day.

Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane has established a comic repertoire that includes Xanadu and Sister Act on Broadway and the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Now, with his latest comedy venture Fairycakes, he brings his talent for infusing new types of comedy into classic and existing material to the Off-Broadway stage. Get ready to be enchanted as you sit in the Greenwich House Theater for this theatrical spell.

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What to Watch For

  • Douglas Carter Beane wrote Fairycakes entirely in verse, which is the same way that William Shakespeare wrote his plays. Similarly to a poem, each line of verse has a set number of syllables and sometimes rhyme with each other.
  • Into the Woods fans may recognize a familiar concept in Fairycakes, with fairytale characters meeting in the woods. Like the Sondheim musical, Beane’s play also features Cinderella, the stepsisters, the stepmother, Aurora, and a prince, but adds other fairytale characters — including Pinocchio, Gepetto, and Cupid — and characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — including Puck, Oberon, and Titania.
  • The woods are just trees … or are they? The setting of a forest is a common theme in Shakespeare’s plays. Fairycakes most closely borrows from Midsummer, in which the forest is inhabited by magical fairies and sprites. However, forests also feature in As You Like It and Macbeth.
  • Beane is no stranger to reworking classic material or fairytales. He wrote the book for the musical Lysistrata Jones, an adaptation of the classical Greek play Lysistrata set in college. He also wrote a new book for the 2013 Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
  • Fairycakes are another name for small cupcakes, which, besides alluding to the fairies and fairytale characters in the show, plays on various other elements of Fairycakes. The show mixes contemporary and classic elements like in a recipe, and the cast has also described Fairycakes as “sweet” and like “cotton candy” because of its light and funny nature.
Run time

2 hours and a 15-minute intermission

Start date

October 14th, 2021

End date

January 2nd, 2022




Greenwich House Theater


Jackie Hoffman, Ann Harada, Mo Rocca, and more star in this uproarious clash of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and old-world fairy tales.

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