|aThis recording uses the text of a Midsummer Night's Dream established by R. A. Foakes for the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition of the play (ISBN 0521293898) and also printed in the Cambridge Schools Shakespeare edition (ISBN 0521409047), both published by Cambridge University Press.
|aDirector, Neville Jason ; producer, Nicolas Soames.
|aJack Ellis, Michael Maloney, Sarah Woodward, Warren Mitchell.
|aA Midsummer Night's Dream must be one of the most enduringly popular of Shakespeare's plays, and it is not difficult to see why: the work blends several kinds of comedy with a powrful atmosphere of magic and mystery and satisfying set of contrasts-between city and country, reason and imagination, love, and infatuation. The play dates from 1595-6, and therefore belongs to Shakespeare's early maturity as a dramatist.