A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Titania and Bottom illustration by Dorothia Weber
Helena's illustration by Arthur Rackham
" A Midsummer Night's Dream" was written by William Shakespeare in 1596 and every word has been set to music. This is a wonderful story which includes love, fantasy and comedy.
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is betrothed to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Egeus is an elderly courtier whose daughter, Hermia, is ordered to marry Demetrius, but she loves Lysander. Hermia's friend, Helena, loves Demetrius, but he is no longer fond of her. The four lovers meet in a wood in order that Hermia and Lysander can escape from Athens.
Oberon, King of the Fairies, has quarrelled with his Queen, Titania, and decides to play a trick on her. His mischief-loving fairy servant, Puck, puts magic juice onto Titania's eyes as she sleeps. When she awakes, she will fall in love with the first living creature she might see. This turns out to be a workman called Bottom who's head has changed to that of an ass by Puck's magic touch!
Oberon has also told Puck to change the heart of Demetrius, thinking he would then marry Helena. While the true lovers Lysander and Hermia are resting, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, which results in Lysander falling in love with Helena. However, with the magic juice, things done can be undone and happiness is restored. In the meantime, Oberon regrets his trick on Titania and tells her it was only a foolish dream. And all is well !.
This is a major piece of work ( AN EVENT ) which takes four hours to perform. However, there is a two hour Concert Version
` Shakespeare's DREAMINGS `. Both versions include dances.
The Concert Version was performed in 2016 to commemorate 400 years since the death of the World's greatest playwright.
23 Theme for a Midsummer Night's Dream 24 Lysander's Plea 25 Helena's Despair 26 Cobwebs and Spiders
27 Titania's Song to Bottom 28 The Dreamings 29 Bottom's Dream 30 The Clowns' Dance 31 Puck's Epilogue