A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Embassy Theatre, London
- S4K International, Middle East Tour and UK Tour
- Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company and Handspring Puppet Company, Barbican Theatre, London
- Michael Grandage Company, Noel Coward Theatre, London
- Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park London
- GB Theatre Company, Arundel Castle
- The Priory Players, Colchester, The Upper Bowling Green, Colchester Castle Park
- Jadis Shadows Productions, Magic Alley Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon
- Grassroots Shakespeare London, Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Gaisford St., London NW5
- Shakespeare’s Globe
A play by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic and much loved text by William Shakespeare.
Written around the late 1500’s.
Like most Shakespearean texts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream stands the test of time; the narrative is almost timeless and it is still performed regularly to this day.
The story is about four Athenian “lovers” who all all in love with one another; Hermia and Lysander are in love but Hermia’s farther, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius who also loves her. Left behins poor Helena, who has a deep and unrequited love for Demetrius. As Hermia and Lysander run away to a nearby forest together on the eve of a big Athenian wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta. Demetrius follows the object of his affection, as does Helena.
Chaos ensues as the escaped lovers are set upon by magical forces dwelling in the woods. As a result of a magic potion, the lovers fall for different women.
Also effected by the mischevious woodland spirits are “the Mechanicals”, labour workers from Athens who are practicing a play for the royal Athenian wedding.
Hilarity, sexuality and desire are key themes in this whimsical text by Shakespeare.