Probably written between 1594 and 1596, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. It is set across two worlds – the court of Athens and a mystical forest that lies beyond the city’s walls. The play is a comedy and explores themes of the irrationality of love, desire, friendship, possession, jealousy and magic.
This page includes everything you need to know about the play – if you’re looking to browse and buy tickets to current productions, head over to What’s On.
Pictured above: Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick as the star-crossed lovers in Dominic Dromgoole’s 2009 production. Photographer: John Haynes
WRITING THE PLAY
Look back at past trailers, actor interviews, rehearsal room videos and more.
Our A Midsummer Night’s Dream playlist on YouTube includes every video we’ve ever published for previous productions.
BLOGS & PODCASTS
We have a few different databases of free downloads for teachers and students – we’ve collated some top links below.
Between 2002 and 2021, there have been many different productions of Twelfth Night created by Shakespeare’s Globe.
Some of them were performed here at the Globe Theatre whilst others toured other venues across the world.