"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta (the former queen of the Amazons). These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage, the play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
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