Shakespeare's Globe

A Midsummer Night's Dream [2016]

Directed by: Emma Rice

'Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show. But wonder on, till ’truth make all things plain.'

My! The woods outside Athens are a busy place on this magical night! Four runaway lovers find themselves smack bang in the middle of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies, and, as if that wasn’t enough, a troupe of amateur actors are trying to rehearse a play. Between these unlikely groups flies Puck, armed only with a wicked sense of humour and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong?

Fusing music, dance and some serious comedy, Emma Rice’s first production as Artistic Director brings the Dream crashing into the Globe’s magical setting. Naughty, tender, transgressive and surprising, it promises to be a festival of theatre. Let the joy begin!


  • Dramaturg & Lyricist Tanika Gupta
  • Set Designer Börkur Jónsson
  • Costume Designer Moritz Junge
  • Composed by Stu Barker
  • Choreographed by Etta Murfitt & Emma Rice
  • Sound Designer Simon Baker
  • Lighting Designers Victoria Brennan & Malcolm Rippeth

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