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A Midsummer Night's Dream


A Midsummer Night's Dream

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on-line editions

Quarto (1600) Folio (1623) [http://web.uvic.ca/shakespeare/Annex/DraftTxt/MND/index.html]

Folio (1623), University of Virginia [http://etext.virginia.edu/shakespeare/folio/]

Promptbooks of the 17th Century ed. G. Blakemore-Evans. [http://etext.virginia.edu/bsuva/promptbook/]



Modernised Shakespeare: Shakespeare in modern English, by Walter Saunders [http://www.shakespeare2000.com/index.html] (2013)

Ein Sommernachtstraum. Deutsche Übersetzung Schlegel/Tieck [http://projekt.gutenberg.de/shakespr/sommer/sommer.htm](2013)

Ein St. Johannis Nachts Traum. Deutsche Übersetzung von Chr. M. Wieland [http://projekt.gutenberg.de/shakespr/johannis/johannis.htm] (2013)

Midzomernachtsdroom Dutch translation. by Jan Jonk. [http://www.janjonk.nl/](2013)

François-Victor Hugo: Oeuvres complètes de William Shakespeare vol.2. Fééries: Le songe d'une nuit d'été. La tempête.online at:
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Gallica &endash; mode image, format PDF
or via:
http://agora.qc.ca/mot.nsf/Dossiers/William_Shakespeare (2013)



Apuleius, The XI Books of the Golden Asse conteigninge the Metamorphoses of Lucius Apuleius, trans. W. Adlington 1566 [http://eserver.org/books/apuleius/]

Bulfinch's Legends of Charlemagne, Huon de Bordeaux, ch. 21 and 22

Chanson de geste, Extraits. [http://www.cafe.edu/genres/n-chansg.html]

Chaucer Metapage: [http://www.unc.edu/depts/chaucer/]
The Canterbury Tales: Robinson's Edition, University of Michigan: A machine readable version of the text in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. F.N. Robinson, 2nd. ed. (Houghton Mifflin: Boston: 1957). This text is searchable: for individual words and phrases; for proximity collocations (up to three items, 40, 80 or 120 characters of each other). [http://www.hti.umich.edu/bin/me-idx?type=header&idno=CT]
The Knights Tale

Greene, Robert, James IV (2013)

Huon de Bordeaux, trans. Lord Berners, c. 1545

Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses in Latin (Hugo Magnus) and English (Brookes More), [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0029]
Ovid, Metamorphoses, in Latin: [http://www.gmu.edu/departments/fld/CLASSICS/ovid.met.html] Ovid, Metamorphoses, transl. into English verse under the direction of Sir Samuel Garth by John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison, William Congreve [http://dante.ilt.columbia.edu/books/metamor/ovid_met_toc.html]
Ovid, Metamorphosis in English, Garth, Dryden, Pope etc.: [http://classics.mit.edu/Ovid/metam.html], also here: analytical Onomasitcon project [http://ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/onomasticon-sampler/]
Ovid, Metamorphosen, Deutsch von J. H. Voss [http://www.projekt.gutenberg.de/ovid/metamor/metamor.htm]

Ovid, Metamorphoses, trans. Golding, 1575

Plutarch, Parallel Lives: Theseus (Loeb, transl. Perrin)
Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, trans. Sir Thomas North, 1579

Reginald Scot, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584 [http://www.levity.com/alchemy/regscot.html]

Edmond Spenser: The Complete Works [http://www.bartleby.com/153//] or at: Luminarium [http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/spensbib.htm]
Thesaurus Linguae Romanae et Britannicae, T. Cooper, 1573

A Handefull of Pleasant Delites, Clement Robinson
and divers others, 1584


productions, performances

a) stage history

Current and forthcoming Shakespeare productions in the UK [http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk/performance/shakespeare%20productions.html] (2013)

The Traffic on Stage (Shakespeare Productions 1999 - 2002 in the UK) [http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/testjon3/] (2013)

Shakespeare at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (1906-1960) [http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk/exhibition/Birmingham/home.html] (2013)

New Shakespeare Company online exhibition (from 1962 onwards, history, photographs, programmes, theatre architecture etc.) [http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk/exhibition/NSC/home.html] (2013)

b) performances, actors

Peter Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1970 (Touchstone exhibition) [http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk/exhibition/MND/home.html] ((2013))

A Midsummer Night's Dream The Royal Shakespeare Company Director: Adrian Noble Year: 1994. Oberon: Alex Jennings.[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117043] (2013)

Ein Sommernachtstraum Salzburg 2013 [http://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/schauspiel/sommernachtstraum-2013] (2013)

RSC productions from 1960 onwards [http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/midSummerNightsDream.html]

c) reviews of productions

Balanchine, George. (chor.), film version: dir. George Balanchine (ballet version, Mendelssohn, 1966) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0060694]

Peter Brook,
Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC: 1970 YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg-FiWX4uWI] (2013)
Peter Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1970 (Touchstone exhibition) [http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk/exhibition/MND/home.html] (April 2002)

Broadway, 1996 and 1971 [http://www.theatredb.com/cgi-bin/q.pl?stext=Midsummer&query=show&x=12&y=5]

The Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery: A Midsummer Night's Dream, July 1998; set in the mid 60s: [http://www.niagara.com/hopelham/dream/dream.html]

Kavanaugh, Rachel. London Open Air 1997; 1998. reviews. [http://www.albemarle-london.com/Archive/ArchiveShow.php?Show_Name=A%20Midsummer%20Nights%20Dream%20%28Open%20Air%29]
On Kavanaugh: [http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2003/jun/04/rsc.theatre]

Boyd, Michael. RSC Barbican 1999/2000 reviews [http://www.albemarle-london.com/rsc-midsummer.html]

Strachan, Allan. London Open Air 2000. e reviews [http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/reviews/06-2000/midsummer-nights-dream-open-air_29772.html]


film versions

Internet Movie Database [http://www.imdb.com/Name?Shakespeare,+William]
Shakespeare on Television: a bibliography of criticism [http://www.shu.ac.uk/emls/06-1/diazbibl.htm]
1990 - 2002
Get Over It. dir. Tommy O'Haver. (USA, 2001) Allison breaks up with boyfriend Berke, and suddenly his best friend's younger sister doesn't seem so young anymore... [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0192071] (Dec. 2001)

The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream dir. Christine Edzard (UK, 2001) Olivier Stockman: Sands Films/Squirrel Films [www.sandsfilms.co.uk]
Samuel Crowl, review of A Children's Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare Bulletin, vol. 19, No. 4, Fall 2001. [http://www.shakespeare-bulletin.org/issues/fall01/review-crowl.html] (Febr. 2002)
On YouTube: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esyannfYsSM]

A Midsummer Night's Cream
: Porn (2000) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291349/]
Midsummer, dir. James Kerwin (1999) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0119669]

A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. Michael Hoffman (1999) (with Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer etc.) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0140379]; Fox Searchlight pictures official webpage [http://www.foxsearchlight.com/midfinal/] (May 2001)

A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. Adrian Noble (1996) (with Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0117043]
Alex Jennings as Oberon


A Mid-Slumber Night's Dream porn movie. dir. Michael Cates, (USA 1988)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, dir. Woody Allen (1982) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0084329]
A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. ? (1969) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0251270]
A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. Peter Hall (1968) (with Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Diana Rigg) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0063297]
A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. George Balanchine (ballet version, Mendelssohn, 1966) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0060694]

1900 - 1960

Sen noci svatojanske dir. Howard Sackler, Jiri Trnka (1959) (animation) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0053261]
A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. Robert Atkins (UK, 1946) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0038738]
A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. Wilhelm Dieterle, Max Reinhardt (1935) (with James Cagney) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0026714]
Ein Sommernachtstraum, dir. Hans Neumann (1924) (mit Hans Albers) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0015352]
A Midsummer Night's Dream, silent m., Italian (1913) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0003142]
Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. J. Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent (1909) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0000966]


adaptations in literature

article on this site: Werner Brönnimann: Susan Sontag's Pyramus and Thisbe

Titles from A Midsummer Night's Dream [http://www.barbarapaul.com/shake/mnd.html]

Anon. Bottom the Weaver. (play) 1661.

Betterton, Thomas. The Fairy Queen. (play) 1692. Libretto for Henry Purcell's Fairy Queen
Betts, Jim and Lezley Havard. On A Summer's Night. (play) 1976.

Colman, George (the elder). A Fairy Tale. (play) 1763.
Colman, George (the elder) and David Garrick. A Midsummer Night's Dream. (play) 1763.
see: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/458569?uid=3737760&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=21102742119111

Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Christo, chapter 5 Pyramus and Thisbe

de Filippo, Eduardo. Il sogno di una notte di mezza sbornia (1959) film version [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ9emtvFFtI]

Garrick, David. The Fairies. (play) 1755. see: http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=1451
Gray, John and Theatre Passe Muraille. Shakespeare for Fun and Profit: A Canadian Dream. (play) 1977.
Gryphius, Andreas. Herr Peter Squenz [http://projekt.gutenberg.de/autoren/gryphius.htm] (May 2002)

Johnson, Charles. Love in a Forest. (play) 1723. (also As You Like It)
Jonson, Ben. Oberon, the Fairy Prince [http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/jonson/oberon.htm]

Kean, Charles. A Midsummer Night's Dream. (play) 1856.

Lamb, Charles and Mary. Tales, ill. by Arthur Rackham [] (May 2002) or: Lamb, Tales, ill. by Gertrude Hammond (1878) [http://www.bartleby.com/1012/]
Lampe, J. F. Pyramus and Thisbe. 1745. (see: operas)
Leveridge, Richard. The Comick Masque of Pyramus and Thisbe. (play/opera) 1716. (see: operas)

Nesbit, Edith. Beautiful Tales from Shakespeare

Pody, David. Lord, What Fools!: A Play for High School Audiences. (play) 1982.

Rosen, Sheldon. Bottom's Dream. (play) 1972.

Sontag, Susan. Pyramus and Thisbe. article on this site: Werner Brönnimann: Susan Sontag's Pyramus and Thisbe

Wieland, Christoph Martin. Oberon [http://projekt.gutenberg.de/wieland/oberon/oberon01.htm]
adaptations in popular novels and romances: Carroll, Susan. St Valentine's Day Ball; Chase Comstock, Mary. A Midsummer's Magic; Dunn, Carola. Rumplestilskin; Kelly, Carla. Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career; Walsh, Sheila. Midsummer Masquerade, commented by Osborne, Laurie, Romancing the Bard: [http://www.colby.edu/personal/l/leosborn/POPSHAK/]


adaptations in music


Schmidt, Harvey. The Fantasticks. lyrics Tom Jones. synopsys.


Operas (in Italian) [http://members.it.tripod.de/amelia/]

Aljabiev, Aleksandr (1787-1851) Volchebnaia notch

Berlioz, Hector. Les nuits d'été, Song Cycle, op. 7, words by Théophile Gautier. text: [https://sites.google.com/site/edwardlein/Home/translations/berlioz-gautier-les-nuits-d-ete] (2013)

Britten, Benjamin. Midsummer Night's Dream , opera, 1960 [http://www.aria-database.com/cgi-bin/aria-search.pl?composer=Benjamin+Britten&a] (2013)a

Ghisi, Frederico. Piramo e Tisbe. (1955)

Grosheim, Georg Christoph. Titania, oder Liebe durch Zauberei (1792)

Lampe, Friedrich (1703-1751) Ein Sommernachtstraum. opera, 1745 [http://members.it.tripod.de/amelia/]

Leveridge, Richard (1670-1758) Pyramus and Thisbe, opera [http://members.it.tripod.de/amelia/]

Mendelssohn, Felix. Ein Sommernachtstraum. op. 61 (1843) [http://www.rondomagazin.de/fuehrer/mendelssohn/fm02.htm] (May 2002)
Mendelssohn, Felix. Ein Sommernachtstraum. op. 61. [http://www.klassik.com/de/magazine/masterpieces/029/] (deutsch, May 2002)
Mendelssohn, Felix. A Midsummer Night's Dream. ouverture, op. 21; incidental music, 1826. English (Grove Dictionary) [http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/mendelssohn.html] (May 2002)

ouverture, op. 21; incidental music, 1826. MP3 [http://www.formeleins.com/mend_som.htm] (May 2002)
ballet version as a film, dir. George Balanchine (1966) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0060694]
Mendelssohn, Felix. A Midsummer Night's Dream, ballet. chor. David Nixon. (prem. 2000, Columbus) production notes etc. [http://www.balletmet.org/Notes/Midsummer.html] (May 2002)

Orff, Carl. Ein Sommernachtstraum (1939)
Orff, Carl. Ein Sommernachtstraum. Bühnenmusik (1952)

Purcell, Henry. The Fairy Queen; [http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/hmv4247.htm]
full musical score: full score: [ttp://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/Home.html] (May 2002)

Rota, Nino. (1911-1979) incidental music for Franco Zefirelli's stage production of Romeo & Juliet (1960) and Much Ado About Nothing (1965)

Smith, John Cristopher (1712-1795), The Fairies [http://members.it.tripod.de/amelia/]

Suppé, Franz von. Ein Sommernachtstraum. opera, 1844.

Thomas, Ambroise. Le songe d'une nuit d'été, opera

Weber, Carl Maria v. Oberon, or the Elf King's Oath opera in 3 acts; libretto by J. R. Planché; in English [http://www.intac.com/~rfrone/operas/libretti/oberon.htm] (May 2002)
Oberon (in Dutch) [http://www.gopera.com/cherubino/operas/weber/oberon-s.html]
on Weber's Oberon [http://www.operaworld.com/special/ober1.shtml] (May 2002)

Wolf, Ernst Wilhelm. Die Zauberirrungen oder die Irrtümer der Zauberei (1785)


Songs: see [http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/s/shakespeare/]


Mendelssohn, Felix. A Midsummer Night's Dream, ballet version as a film, dir./ chor. George Balanchine (1966) [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0060694]
Mendelssohn, Felix. A Midsummer Night's Dream, ballet. chor. David Nixon. (prem. 2000, Columbus) production notes etc. [http://www.balletmet.org/Notes/Midsummer.html] (May 2002)


paintings, engravings, illustrations

Shakespeare illustrated

Olga's Gallery. World Literature in painting. [http://www.abcgallery.com/liter/shakespeare.html](Jan. 2002)

Baldung, Hans. Pyramis and Thisbe. (1530) [http://www.abcgallery.com/B/baldung/baldung11.html]

Blake, William. Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies (1786) [http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/blake-oberon-titania-and-puck-with-fairies-dancing-n02686] (2013)

Dadd, R. "Puck and the fairies", (pictures from Knight's Imperial Edition) at: [http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/sep/02/richard-dadd-fairy-king-byatt] (2013)

Fuseli, Henry (Johann Heinrich Füssli). Titania and Bottom [http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/fuseli-titania-and-bottom-n01228] (2013)

Huskisson, R. "There Sleeps Titania" (pictures from Knight's Imperial Edition) at: [http://home.wanadoo.nl/m.vanherpt/index.html] (Jan. 2002)

Landseer, Sir Edwin. Titania and Bottom. (1848-51) [http://www.abcgallery.com/L/landseer/landseer25.html]

Poussin, Nicolas. Landscape with Pyram and Thisbe. [http://www.abcgallery.com/P/poussin/poussin81.html]

Victorian Fairy Paintings [http://www.artmagick.com/Gallery/Fairy.aspx] (May 2002)

More paintings at: Titles from A Midsummer Night's Dream [http://www.barbarapaul.com/shake/mnd.html]



Bowen, Julia A. "'Swift hart' and 'soft heart': Elizabeth I and the Iconography of Lyly's Gallathea and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream." SRASP (1997) [http://www.marshall.edu/engsr/SR1997.html]

Leslie, Robert W. "Shakespeare's Italian Dream: Cinquecento Sources for A Midsummer Night's Dream." pdf-download on Shaksper webpage: [http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/library-of-essays]

Locket, Joseph. "Midsummer Madness, Dangerous Dreams: Shakespeare's Sources for A Midsummer Night's Dream": [http://www.io.com/~jlockett/Grist/English/dream-sources.html]

Nutt, Alfred. The Fairy Mythology of Shakespeare (1900) [http://archive.org/details/fairymythologyof00nuttrich] (2013)

Ritson, Joseph. A Dissertation on Fairies. (1831) [http://www.netowne.com/strange/fairies/dis-fairies.htm] (May 2003)

Steele, Kenneth B. "Vowing, Swearing, and Superpraising of Parts: Petrarch and Pyramus in the Woods of Athens." 1989. pdf-download on Shaksper webpage: [http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/library-of-essays] (2013)


in the classroom

see also on this site: Education - Shakespeare in the classroom

Mids. N. [http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-3362.html] (May 2002)

Cummings, Michael. Shake Sphere. A Comprehensive Study Guide to the World of William Shakespeare. Plot Summaries of 41 Plays With Settings, Sources, Themes, Analysis, and Criticism Midsummer Night's Dream [http://shakespearestudyguide.com/Midsummer.html] (2013)

Urs Lauer: More Strange than True - Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream in the Classroom 

Marx, Steven. Triangulating Shakespeare: teaching and lecture notes, course outlines, articles, links, suggestions, film reviews [http://cla.calpoly.edu/~smarx/Shakespeare/triang/Comedies/comedies.html]

Ulen, Amy. A Midsummer Night's Dream study guide: [http://www.ulen.com/shakespeare/plays/mnd/mnd_guide.html]


deutsche Webseiten

Andriz, Rod. Ein Sommernachtstraum. Hintergründe und Informationen. [http://www.macbeth.de/fo_sommernacht.html]

Gröchel, André. Das kleine Shakespeare-Brevier: Ein Sommernachtstraum.
Inhalt, Wurzeln, Quellen. Falls dieser Link nicht klappt: [http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.deslit.de/shakespeare/sommer.htm]


Just for Fun

ultra-short version, Book-a-Minute Classics, Ultra-Condensed by Samuel Stoddard and David J. Parker [http://rinkworks.com/bookaminute/b/shakespeare.midsummer.shtml]



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