Midsummer Night's Dream
This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream is edited with an introduction by Russ McDonald and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series.
Over the centuries, A Midsummer Night's Dream has proven to be one of the most popular of Shakespeare's comedies, frequently revived in the theatre. If you want gritty realism, you'll find little of it in this play. Instead, there are fairies, autocrats, rural buffoons, and a bizarre mixture of ancient and modern of what is supposedly the legendary Grecian past and rural Elizabethan England. It's a surrealistic world in which the magic wielded in the inner action extends onwards and outwards to what probably was a real-life wedding. The supernatural and the mundane and the illusory and the substantial are all brilliantly blended. Love is treated as tragic, poignant, absurd and farcical.