Click on the images below to find out more about the setting of A Midsummer Night's Dream and what we know about the world the play is set in.

A Midsummer Night's Dream takes place across two settings: the court of Athens and the woods. Every production will have these two settings, but they could be staged in lots of ways. For example, it could be set in the 1930s or at a festival. 

Why do you think it might be helpful for modern audiences to change the world of a play? What worlds can you think of where A Midsummer Night's Dream might be set?

Teacher Notes

On this page students can explore some of the key things that we know about the setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by clicking on the pictures.

You can use these pictures, or other images, as a starting point to discuss what they know about the setting of the play and to think about where they would set the play if they were creating their own production. A great way of doing this visually is for students to create a mood board or collage of images that could be used as design inspiration.

The section on design in the Teacher Notes on the Productions page develops on this and asks students to think about the approach they might take to designing a production and what to consider.