A Midsummer Night's Dream is a heady escape into the realms of fantasy and magic. Shakespeare's play, set in ancient Athens, follows the duke Theseus, his fiancÚ Hippolyta, two pairs of young lovers, and a company of comical actors as they wander the forest under the thrall of a love potion given to them by the trickster Puck under the orders of Oberon, king of the fairies. Sexuality and mistaken identities abound, interweaving bawdy comedy with the more serious issues of love and marriage.

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