A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The setting for the drama is Athens in Greece
Unlike many of his other plays it does not include any historical figures. The feast of John the Baptist was celebrated as an English festival on June 24 (Midsummer Day) It was believed that on Midsummer Night that the fairies and witches held their festival. To dream about Midsummer Night was to conjure up images of fairies and witches and other similar creatures and supernatural events.
The most important characters are:
Hermia, Lysander, Bottom, Puck, Oberon (King of the Fairies) and Titania (Queen of the Fairies)
The quotes from the play are amongst Shakespeare’s most famous including “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
The main plot of Midsummer is a complex farce that involves two sets of couples (Hermia & Lysander and Helena & Demetrius) whose romantic intrigues are confused and complicated still further by entering the forest where Oberon, the King of the Fairies and his Queen, Titania, preside. Puck is a major character who is full of mischief and tricks. Other visitors to the enchanted forest include Bottom the weaver and his friends Snug, Snout, Quince and Flute who want to rehearse their dire but hilarious rendering of the play Pyramus and Thisbe.
The themes illustrated in the play are that Love triumphs in the end and the pleasure of Dreaming the Impossible Dream.
It is believed that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was first performed between 1595 and 1596. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and A Midsummer Night’s Dream would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
After experiencing The Stage Club’s production of Shakespeare’s endearing classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you’ll have some ideas why! This production promises to entertain, enthral and educate.
Lysander loves Hermia; Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius loves Hermia! Ever defiant, Hermia escapes with Lysander into the surrounding forest where we find the King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Titania, at loggerheads. With the help of Oberon’s cheeky right hand fairy, Puck, the mischief begins and gets somewhat out of hand. Alongside all of this romantic drama we follow the bumbling attempts of a group of local craftsmen rehearsing a love tragedy. The result is a charming and engaging story that will engage audiences young and old.
Coming soon after our recent highly successful productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream seeks to continue The Stage Club’s tradition of high quality Shakespearean theatre, bringing out the magic, the music, the mirth, and the underlying menace of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays.