A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream


In this abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream love, Hermia loves Lysander but should wed Demetrius whom Helena loves and will do anything to have. Lost in the forest, magic lends a hand!


abridged version of A Midsummer Night's Dream


In this abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; William Shakespeare’s stage classic; love, magic, betrayal, truth and desires take centre stage. This version works well for High School students or any ensemble that would like to go on an adventure courtesy of the Bard. Hermia has a decision to make, Lysander or Demetrius. She loves Lysander but Demetrius has a better standing in court, more money, though he’s not so nice. Hermia’s best friend Helena only has eyes for Demetrius and will do anything to have him. Including selling out Hermia and Lysander as they plan to elope. The four lovers end up lost in the forest trying to find their way out. However, what they encounter will change the course of their lives.

Minor changes in this version are based on the majority female cast i.e. Oberon becomes Aubra. Fairies are typically cast as female but can be swapped to fit any gender. This version retains all of this play’s fantastical elements with the fairies in the magical forest, the infamous play within the play, and two best friends vying for the love of two men who just cannot make up their minds! (Thanks, Puck.)

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Author: William Shakespeare. Adapted by Altaire Gural

Type: Short four act play, abdridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Genre: Comedy, romantic comedy

Cast: Ensemble Cast: 13F, 5M

Ages of the actors: Year/Grade six up

Suitable for: Younger teens/tweens up to adults to perform and all ages to watch

Length: One to one and half hours 

Set:  The Court, The Forest

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – language for younger players

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Like this play? Other contemporary plays based on Shakespeare:

Prelude to Macbeth – modern prequel to the classic Macbeth play
A Tale of Two Balconies – modern Romeo and Juliet comedy
You do what you can – one act parody on Mabceth




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