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Stephen James-Yeoman, Andrew Smith & William Shakespeare

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  1. Goodnight and thank you

    Thanks to everyone for watching our live stream of A Midsummer Night's Dream; it was great to see people posting on social media from around the world.

    And if you missed it, or want to see it again then it'll be available on our website, wherever you are in the world, early next week; and also on BBC iPlayer for viewers in the UK.

  2. A season full of wonder

    Shakespeare's Globe

    In January 2016 the new Artistic Director, Emma Rice, introduced her sensational 2016 Summer Season Wonder, which included the incredible production you've seen tonight.

    Wonder Season

    This is the final performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream (though you can watch it here on this very page at any time over the next six months). If you want to see what else is on at the Globe, head over to their website for information about shows, tours, education programmes and more.

    Find out more at Shakespeare's Globe

  3. How can I learn to love Shakespeare?

    BBC iWonder guide

    Shakespeare's plays were adored by all, from the nobility at the royal court to everyman audiences in the Globe Theatre, and have brought joy to many more through the ages.

    And yet many people nowadays find the Elizabethan-era language and obscure references hard to decipher. So how do you fall in love with Shakespeare today?

    Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Image caption: Scene from the 2016 BBC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
  4. And if you want a bit more Midsummer magic...

    If you're not ready to leave your Dream mood, why not relive Dame Judi Dench and Al Murray as Titania and Bottom in the RSC's anniversary show from April.  

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    Video caption: Judy Dench, Al Murray and an ensemble cast perform a piece from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  5. What did you like the visions that did appear tonight?

    Let us know using #DreamLive. And find out what the British press thought of the play when it first opened back in May...

    BBC News: A Midsummer Night's Dream impresses critics at the Globe

    Oberon and Titania
    Image caption: Oberon and Titania in Emma Rice's production
  6. My kingdom for a resource

    The Research & Education Space

    A huge thank you to English teachers Anita Ark & Jolaine Foxe of @EastburySchool who live tweeted Shakespeare's story from @BBCShakespeare's twitter account during #DreamLive. There's hundreds of teaching resources at the RES Project. Check it out.

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  7. If we shadows have offended...


    "Think but this and all is mended..."

    We hope you've enjoyed this live stream of A Midsummer Night's Dream live from Shakespeare's Globe. 

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  8. It's finally fairy time!


    If we shadows have offended
    Image caption: If we shadows have offended..
  9. It's almost fairy time


    Lovers to bed...

  10. A tragedy?

    This has got to be the longest death sequence ever seen on The Globe's stage! And there's been a fair few.


  11. What's happening on stage now


    Walls are everywhere these days.  

  12. What's happening on stage now

    The Steward's play

    At the marriage celebrations the stewards arrive to perform their play. It is a clumsy performance but still received with great amusement by the audience who laugh at its poor writing and the bad performances. When the play is over, the performers and guests retire. The fairies then enter to bless all of the marriages and Puck wishes the audience a good night.  

    The fairies
  13. What's happening on stage now

    Bottom returns

    The stewards are worried that no one has seen or heard from Bottom since their last rehearsal. They fear that they won’t be able to perform their play without him. Fortunately, Bottom returns just in time, confused at the past events, but ready to play his part. 

  14. What's happening on stage now

    The Morning after the Night Before

    Titania continues to love Bottom, but now that Oberon has got the Indian boy he decides to break the charm. Titania wakes and is confused about what has happened. She asks Oberon to explain and so he shows her Bottom. Titania now finds Bottom disgusting and so Oberon asks Puck to transform Bottom back to his normal human form. Theseus and Hippolyta discover the lovers sleeping in the forest. They are all confused by the night’s events and believe they must have been dreaming. They return to Athens to be married as Lysander once more loves Hermia and Demetrius now loves Helenus.

    Oberon and Puck
  15. What's happening on stage now

    Puck’s Mistake

    Puck tells Oberon how he has turned Bottom into an ass and how Titania is now in love with him. Oberon is pleased with his servant’s work until he comes across Demetrius and Hermia. He realises that Demetrius still loves Hermia and that Puck has therefore used the magical flower on the wrong man. He tries to correct the mistake by using the flower on Demetrius, but this now means that both Lysander and Demetrius love Helenus. The lovers squabble over this new situation and so Oberon must try and make things right. He gets Puck to gather the lovers together and put another potion on Lysander’s eyes so that this time, when he wakes, he will love Hermia once more.  

    Lysander and Demetrius