a midsummer night's dream


photos courtesy of Nightengale-Bamford High School

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta (the former queen of the Amazons). These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.


  • Theseus—Duke of Athens

  • Hippolyta—Queen of the Amazons

  • Egeus—father of Hermia

  • Hermia—daughter of Egeus, in love with Lysander

  • Lysander—in love with Hermia

  • Demetrius—suitor to Hermia, former lover of Helena

  • Helena—in love with Demetrius

  • Philostrate—Master of the Revels

  • Peter Quince—a carpenter

  • Nick Bottom—a weaver

  • Francis Flute—a bellows-mender

  • Tom Snout—a tinker

  • Snug—a joiner

  • Robin Starveling—a tailor

  • Oberon—King of the Fairies

  • Titania—Queen of the Fairies

  • Robin "Puck" Goodfellow—a mischievous sprite with magical powers

  • Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed—fairy servants to Titania

  • Indian changeling—a ward of Titania


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