England’s greatest playwright (1564 – 1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire), the son of a wealthy citizen. In 1589 he moved to London, later joining the theatre group “Chamberlain’s Men” (later known as “King’s Men”) and eventually became part-owner of the “Globe Theatre”, where he performed his plays. Successful and wealthy, in 1610 he returned to Stratford-upon-Avon.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This play was written around 1595/96, probably for a royal wedding, and is the culmination of Shakespeare’s early comedy career. The special feature of the piece is mainly in the interconnections of the various worlds of drama: princes, fairies, mythical creatures, citizens and craftsmen. Shakespeare merged together various sources, including such subjects from Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, Plutarch’s “Parallel Lives,” Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” and Spenser’s “The Faerie Queen”.With his title, the piece refers to St. John’s Eve (June 23 and 24), in which according to ancient folklore, the proverbial “Midsummer Madness” threatens to take place.
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