Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

English: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Globe Theatre

Maximise the image to look around the Globe Theatre with a 360° view

Video: The Globe Theatre tour (duration 4:13)

Video: The Old Globe Theatre (duration 0:57)

About the author

Have you wondered 'Why do we have to study Shakespeare?'

This short video includes well-known examples from his plays and his contribution to the English language.

Recommended reading

A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Can't find your copy of the play?

Read along with the online version.

It has the line numbers, so you can follow along with everyone else using the book version and hyperlinks, to navigate quickly. It also has a modern translation side by side with the original Shakespeare.

Video - Comedic techniques (duration: 6:02)

Love

The course of true love never did run smooth. (Lysander 1.1.132)

  • 'Titania waked and straightway loved an ass' (Puck 3.2.33)
  • 'Lord, what fools these mortals be!' (Puck 3.2.117)
  • 'Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad'  (Puck 3.2.452)

Dreams

'I have had a most rare vision' (Bottom 4.1.190)

  • 'Methought I was enamoured of an ass' (Titania 4.1.60)
  • 'If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear' (Puck 5.1.440)

Video: Royal Shakespeare Company demonstrate rhyming couplets using text from a Midsummer Night's Dream (duration 3:12)

Themes

Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream - LitCharts tracks the theme (see graph above) and provides quotes as evidence

Supernatural in A Midsummer Night's Dream - LitCharts tracks the theme (see graph above) and provides quotes as evidence

Video - Theme of dreams (duration: 7:11)

Dreams in A Midsummer Night's Dream - LitCharts tracks the theme (see graph above) and provides quotes as evidence

Plays within playse  in A Midsummer Night's Dream - LitCharts tracks the theme (see graph above) and provides quotes as evidence

Historical context

Quick Links

Films

Video: Globe Theatre production 2016 (duration: 2:49:47)

Video: Shakespeare the animated tales (duration 25:42)

Video: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Modern day setting  - 2005 (duration 1:26:32)

Video: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hollywood film 2001 (duration: 1:53:59)

Video: A Midsummer Night's Dream - BBC TV version 1999 (duration: 1:30:28)

Backstage

Podcast - Katy Owen discusses rehearsing for the role of Puck in the Globe Theatre (duration 0:53)

More rehearsal stories.

Podcast - James Maloney takes us behind the scenes on how to compose the music for two Shakespeare shows in just ten weeks (duration 8:49)

Video: How do you design a set? The designer for A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe Theatre discusses the challenges and her approach (duration 5:01)

Video: The Globe Theatre demonstrates and discusses clothing (duration 1:39)