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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings A Midsummer Night's Dream to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love in unexpected ways. In the woods outside Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves into couples - but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. The king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy. Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, in an effort to distract Titania from the custody battle. While all of this is going on, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of "Pyramus and Thisbe".

This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

Public Domain (P)Simon & Schuster

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Awesome

Love the full cast. I think they really capture the characters. Gotta listen to all the other full cast plays.

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My favorite Shakespeare first off. Incredible acting guys. Definitely recommend for upcoming generation literature classes

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Excellent for class

I needed to read this play multiple times for a class, but I lack the time to do so; this audiobook did the trick! I was able to listen to the play at my job (I work a job where I can use headphones). It saved me a lot of time and was enjoyable.

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Fantastic Voice Performance!!!

The voice performance of the cast was incredible and followed the play exactly. Fantastic job!

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Love Looks Not With the Eyes, But With the Mind

This is a solidly good, complete production, as all the Folger Shakespeare plays are. The play, of course, is top-notch, and the audio quality is great. The four principals are excellent, with Helena and Hermia as good as in the movie version with Kevin Kline and Calista Flockhart. My only minor complaint is the weird choice to have some of the fairies speak in tandem but not quite in unison, which almost made them sound as if they were one person speaking with an electronically altered voice (which, for all I know, was the case). But overall: ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ Loved it, and am looking forward to my next Folger Library listen. Grade: A

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Captivating performance!

This performance kept me enjoyably engaged from start to finish and brought the play to life. The music and acting helped me to emotionally connect with the story and characters even when I struggled to catch all the plot details due to the archaic language.

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wow! just wow!

to listen to, to read along, and understand was what made this happen. great audio!

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Great for Reading along to the Folger edition!

I got this dramatization because I figured it would help me read this great play if I had some people performing it while I read along. While it definitely isn't a perfect representation of what it might sound like on a stage it gives a perfect sense of the characters and humor. Recommended!

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Absolutely Wonderful

A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite and hearing it in the full cast like that was unbelievably wondeful!

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Portable theatre inside your head!

I loved it! best experience ever! The acting is fenomenal, so is the casting.
i bought it as a way to celebrate my graduation, and it was worth it. I have seen this play in the theatre many times, and listening to it bought it back in flashbacks.
The actors brought their own flare to it, and also I have to give a shout out to the sound effects, because they were amazing. Puck is the best!
I am hoping to get my hands on the other plays soon!
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