​​Human identities unravel under the light of the Midsummer moon ...

 Shakespeare probes both the light and the dark side of love in this popular comedy, as unseen beings manipulate individual perceptions in the forest beyond the civilized world. Andrew Bretz’s thought-provoking introduction to the play reminds us of the early modern concept of fairies: far from the light-hearted ethereal creatures of the Victorian imagination, we see them as amoral forces holding the power to infuse a dangerous new energy into the lovers’ best-laid plans.

While fairies may have come and gone in 150 years of Canadian productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this edition highlights how Canadian performances have embraced the multitude of possibilities within this uncanny “shaping fantasy.”

This Canadian edition of A Midsummer NIght's Dream  features four black and white archival images.

ISBN 978-0-9881293-6-8  • 150 pp • 6x9 • 4 black and white photographs • plot synopsis • character synopsis • a note on the text • ten tips to reading Shakespeare • 9 black and white photographs


• Introduction by Andrew Bretz • Foreword by Martha Burns

A Midsummer NIght's Dream

william shakespeare