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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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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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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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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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The cast is wonderful!

I felt like I was at the theater watching the play, yet I was only driving my car;) Loved it!

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Surprisingly Entertaining

I had to read for an assingment and did not expect to like it but actually really enjoyed it. The actors were really good and the reading brought to life and helped me pay attention

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It’s Good

The play is good and the narrators are also good. I recommend it to all.

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classic

I used this recording for my special needs students who had to read the play for English. It was really excellent; brought the characters to life.

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Well worth the price.

Beautifully narrated-- or, really, acted. Loved the layering effect on some of the faerie's voices. Very well done. Professionally, I'd say. Dialogue flows naturally and the actors use emotion perfectly. Bonus points for gleeful Puck sounds at all times.

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