A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an enchanting meditation on the nature of love, gender politics and the supernatural. It is one of the most frequently performed of all Shakespeare's comedies
Today, A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most popular and frequently performed of all Shakespeare's comedies. Around the world in traditional venues, gardens, parks and outdoor theatres, the magical qualities of this play captivate audiences time and again. Directors are drawn to the eternal themes of conflict between the sexes and between the natural and 'civilised' worlds of wood and city, while the portrayal of the supernatural fairies to a modern audience continues to challenge. Are they the quaint winged creatures later popularised in Victorian fantasy or more dangerous spirits surviving from pagan beliefs?
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Peter Holland is Wilson University Lecturer in Drama at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. He is also a drama reviewer for BBC Radio and the Times Literary Supplement, a syndic of Cambridge University Press and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has published widely on theatre generally and Shakespeare in particular.
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