by William Shakespeare

 

Lysander loves Hermia. Helena loves Demetrius. Hermia loves Lysander. Demetrius loves Hermia. Pyramus loves Thisbe. And the fairy queen loves a donkey-headed monster...

Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy examines the phenomenon of love – is it a form of magic? – is it a dream? – can lovers change the object of their affection at random? In a Midsummer Night’s Dream anything is possible.

White Horse Theatre's adaption of this magical play uses Shakespeare's original language, but reduces the length of the play so that the story is told in ninety minutes. Music and dance are woven into the fabric of the dream and the scenes are full of colour and movement, so that even those audience members who do not understand all the words are able to follow the story and enjoy the comedy.



 

Photos of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

 

 

Extract from the script 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Puck: Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover's fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
Oberon: Stand aside. The noise they make
Will cause Demetrius to awake
Puck: Then will two at once woo one:
That must needs be sport alone;
And those things do best please me
That befall prepost'rously.