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Watch Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What’s the idea?

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by watching Emma Rice’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe… from your sofa!

What’s the story?

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is undoubtedly one of his most popular and well-known comedies.

This story famously tells of mixed-up lovers, fairies and magic.

Why is midsummer seen as magical?

The mystical time of midsummer marks the longest day of the year.

It actually comes from the Latin phrase meaning, ‘sun standing still’.

Midsummer allows for celebrations long into the brighter evenings.

However, it also marks a period of change, because from then on, the days will gradually be getting shorter.

The summer solstice is, therefore, a time of prolonged carefree celebration, but also of transformation.

This emphasises the magical possibilities of midsummer.

In other words… anything is possible!

So, why watch this production?

Emma Rice’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe certainly conveys the playful feel of midsummer festivities.

This production mixes modern forms of entertainment with Shakespeare’s verse.

A colourful backdrop of the words, ‘Rock the Ground’, in red neon letters hints at the excitement to come.

This version of the play features Bollywood styles of music, dance and hilarious comedy.

Rice’s production is a mash-up of old and new, the relatable and the unexpected.

There certainly is something for everyone in this production!

People should do this because…?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream never fails to make an audience laugh.

Above all, this production overflows with mischief and magic. 

Have a chuckle at home and enjoy the comedy and chaos of this brilliant play.  

Why not donate to Shakespeare’s Globe on their website to help them to continue to thrive in the future? 

Shakespeare’s Globe is a charity that receives no regular government support.

It consequently needs our help now more than ever. 

How do you do it?

Emma Rice’s production is available here on BBC iPlayer (free) until the 23rd of July 2020. 

For those not in the UK, for a small cost you can rent or buy the film of the production via the Shakespeare’s Globe website here.

You can also now watch the more traditional 2013 production at Shakespeare’s Globe on their YouTube channel, here.

Stuff you may need

  • Laptop or PC
  • Internet connection
  • Access to BBC iPlayer (free) or Shakespeare’s Globe website
  • Donkey or fairy costume (optional)

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Colouring in the stage 

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