In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, residents of Athens mix with Fairies from a local forest, with comic results. In the city, Theseus, Duke of Athens is to marry Hippolyta, queen of the amazons. Bottom the weaver and his friends rehearse in the woods a play they hope to stage for the wedding celebrations.
Four young Athenians are in a romantic tangle. Lysander and Demetrius lover Hermia; she loves Lysander and her BFF (best friend forever) Helena loves Demetrius. Hermia’s father Egeus, commands Hermia to marry Demetrius, and Theseus supports the father’s right.
All four young people end up in the woods, where Robin Goodfellow, a Puck, who serves the fairy King Oberon, puts flower juice on the eyes of Lysander and then Demetrius, unintentionally causing both of them to fall in love with Helena. Oberon, who is quarrelling with his wife, Titania, uses the flower juice on her eyes. She falls in love with Bottom, who now, thanks to Robin Goodfellow, wears an ass’s head.
To resolve the mistakes made, while the young lovers sleep, Robin Goodfellow restores Lysander’s love for Hermia, so that now each young woman is matched with the man she loves. Oberon disenchants Titania and removes Bottom’s ass’s head.
The two young couples join Theseus and Hippolyta in getting married and Bottom rejoins his friends to perform the play.
William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is fully cast as follows.
Oberon / Theseus – Piers Husband
Titania / Hippolyta – Laura Brand
Egeus – Pippa Mills
Philostrate – Amanda Durley
Demetrius – Darren White
Lysander – Chris Page Tickell
Hermia – Hayleigh Baker Towns
Helena – Sophie Borrell
Peter Quince, Carpenter – Tom Baker
Nick Bottom, Weaver – Brian Arrowsmith
Francis Flute, Bellows Mender – Kate Youll
Tom Snout, Tinker – Ella Perryman
Snug, Joiner – Will Nash
Robin Starveling, Tailor – Sophie Brand
Robin Goodfellow, a puck – Anne-Marie Baggott
Fairy (Peaseblossom) – Chrissie White
Cobweb – Pippa Mills
Mote – Sophie Brand
Mustardseed – Ella Perryman