A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005) - Oberon (Joe Dixon) and Titania (Amanda Harris) lead the fairies in the blessing at the end of the play. Photo © RSC

Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream around 1600.
Explore the links on the left to find out more about the play, and some of our previous productions.

Full synopsis
Read the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream in plain English. If you don't want to know how it ends, don't read the last section!

Famous quotes
We've selected some well-known quotes from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Dating the play
Rebecca Brown explains how we know when Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Stage history
From its first performances around 1607 up to modern theatre and film productions, Rebecca Brown examines A Midsummer Night's Dream in performance.

Shakespeare's sources
There's no such thing as an original idea - even for Shakespeare. Rebecca Brown presents the historical sources and contemporary stories which influenced and inspired Shakespeare when he wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Production 2011
See production and rehearsal photos from Nancy Meckler's acclaimed production.

Production 2006
Read interviews with director Tim Supple and view photos from his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This production was a commission by the British Council in India - it toured India and then played at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of our Complete Works Festival in 2005/6.

Production 2005
Read interviews with director Gregory Doran and view video extracts, interviews and photos from his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream which played in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and then toured the UK and to Japan.

Production 1989
View photos from this 'punky' production of Dream directed by John Caird.

Production 1970
View photos from this immensely influential production directed by Peter Brook.

Productions 1920 - 2008
Performance history expert Rebecca Brown describes a selection of our productions.

Resources for teachers
Extra resources for teaching on A Midsummer Night's Dream: activities, synopses, themes and links to more from RSC Education.

 

Photo shows Oberon (Joe Dixon) and Titania (Amanda Harris) leading the fairies in the blessing at the end of the play © RSC

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