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:
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 also created a Playmaking Pack for RSC Dream Team 2016. This can be downloaded below and contains edited versions of the play along with guidance from our creative teams. You can also find out more about this project and our Education work on the Dream 2016 website.
The resources for and edits of A Midsummer Night’s Dream offered free as part of RSC Dream Team 2016 are provided for use only by schools and colleges for non-commercial educational purposes only. They may not be used by for any other type of professional or amateur production. All activities in the resources remain the intellectual property of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The resources and edits may not be reproduced without permission.