8. What a Lovely Midsummer Night

The stirring finale includes snatches from earlier songs.

The song video

Song 8: 'What a Lovely Midsummer Night' - Vocal

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Synopsis

The lovers wake up in the woods on the day of Theseus’s wedding. Lysander sees Hermia and falls in love with her again, thanks to the magic flower, rubbed on his eyes the night before by Puck. Demetrius has eyes only for Helena.

They are met by Theseus, Hippolyta and Hermia’s father, Egeus. Egeus is angry and calls for Lysander to be punished for attempting to elope with his daughter. But Theseus invites both couples back to Athens to be married alongside him.

Quince and friends perform their play about Pyramus and Thisbe, to the considerable merriment of the wedding guests.

Puck has the last word, making his famous apology: 'If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended: that you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear.'

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Musical for Schools
What a Lovely Midsummer Night - Lyrics
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What a Lovely Midsummer Night - Music
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Song 8: 'What a Lovely Midsummer Night' - Instrumental

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More songs from A Midsummer Night's Dream

7. By the Morning Light
1. What a Lovely Midsummer Day
2. Meet the Mechanicals