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Education Resources

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 16 Jul 2016

  • Venues around the UK

    On Tour

    Until 4 Jun 2016

  • Barbican Theatre

    London

    17 - 21 May 2016

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 23 mins + 20 mins interval

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comic play in which four different worlds collide. After Hermia is told she cannot marry the man she loves, Lysander, she flees into the Athenian Woods with him followed by her best friend and the man her Father wants her to marry.

For young people of all ages, this play provides a great opportunity to look at lots of key themes, including:

  • Magic
  • Reality
  • Power

You can discover more about these themes and where they appear in the text as well as others in our Themes Resource.

There are so many different ways of exploring the text but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text:

Dream Team 2016

To celebrate 400 years since Shakespeare's death we have also created a Playmaking Pack for RSC Dream Team 2016. This can be downloaded free from the Dream 2016 website and contains edited versions of the play along with guidance from our creative teams. 

Find out about Dream Team