Two actors in white period costume embrace each other, both looking out to the audience

Between 2002 and 2021, there have been many different productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream created by Shakespeare’s Globe.

Some of them were performed here at the Globe Theatre whilst others toured other venues across the world.

Pictured above, Ekow Quartey as Lysander and Faith Omole as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2009, directed by Sean Holmes. Photographer: Tristram Kenton

An actor in a stripy blue and white coat wears white donkey ears on his head


The first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to take place in today’s Globe Theatre was directed by Mike Alfreds and played in repertoire during the summer of 2002.

Actors on a stage wear lavish bright pink and purple costumes


Our 2008 version of the play saw performances in the Globe Theatre from May to October of that year. The production was directed by Jonathan Munby and designed by Mike Britton. Photographer: Manuel Harlan.

Actors dance on a small outdoor wooden stage

2009 & 2010

Directed by Raz Shaw and performed on an Elizabethan-inspired stage by eight actors, this small troupe of travelling players brought new life to Shakespeare’s comedy. Photographer: Fiona Moorhead.

Actors in brightly coloured clothes play instruments on a stage


The 90 minute Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production aimed at high school students was directed by Bill Buckhurst. This production went on to tour in the UAE and Qatar.

A group of people on the stage showing of different exaggerate expressions


Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival. Performed in Korean by Yohangza Theatre Company, from Seoul, South Korea and directed by Jung-Ung Yang.

An actress is lifted by a number of other actors as she looks to the sky


Michelle Terry, Fergal McElherron and Pearce Quigley featured in this Dominic Dromgoole production, designed by Jonathan Fensom.

Four actors look shocked, one wears a brown mask


Our production from our 2013 season returned to the stage to perform at the Rose Theatre, Kingston & Aylesbury Waterside Theatre before embarking on a tour to Asia & Russia. 2013 revival. Photographer: Simon Kane.

An actor wearing a crown dips another actor and kisses her on the lips


This production was part of the 2014 Globe to Globe Festival, and performed in British Sign Language by Deafinitely Theatre. The production was directed by Paula Garfield and designed by Paul Burgess. Photographer: Simon Kane.

Actor dance on a stage


Emma Rice’s first production as Artistic Director, with set design from Börkur Jónsson and costume design from Moritz Junge. Photographer: Steve Tanner.

A group of actors pose on stage for a selfie


Directed by Sean Holmes this production featured original music by Jim Fortune, performed by members of the Hackney Colliery Band. Photographer: Tristram Kenton.

An actor leans over a wooden balcony gesturing with his hands


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