The Globe’s 2013 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is available to stream on YouTube from Monday 15 June until Sunday 28 June 2020. An audio-described introduction to the production (Word, Arial 16 pt) is available for download from the bottom of this page.
An enchanted forest charms a disenchanted court. In Athens a daughter’s disobedience forces two lovers to flee to the woods, pursued by the two lovers they rejected. In the woods, amateur actors rehearse a play, while the king of fairies plays tricks and captivates the night. A mischievous Puck with the magical juice of a flower helps love lose its way while the fairy queen falls for an ass; the king and queen of the fairies reconcile; the lovers find each other, return to court and marriage celebrations end in a theatrical dream.
Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.
This production employs Renaissance costumes and staging.
The audio introduction was written by Miranda Yates and Roz Chalmers, script edited by Clare Le May, voiced by Angus King and Miranda Yates, and recorded and edited by Gary Giles for VocalEyes.