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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...must include the moonshine by which the lovers meet and the wall through whose cranny they speak. As they rehearse, Robin arrives, and mischievously transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. Bottom cannot understand why his colleagues flee, assuming they are playing a joke, and sings to keep up his courage. Titania awakens, sees Bottom, and falls in love with him: she appoints four fairies to be his attendants and leads him away to her bower. 3.2 Robin tells a delighted Oberon of Titania’s love for the transformed Bottom, but when Hermia arrives,...

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...have arrived in Ephesus: Antipholus sends his servant to their lodging to lock up his money. Shortly afterwards Dromio of Ephesus arrives and, mistaking this Antipholus for his own master, calls him home to dinner. Antipholus of Syracuse, thinking this is his own Dromio having a joke, grows angry, asking anxiously after his money, and drives Dromio away with blows before setting off to check on his belongings. 2.1 Adriana laments the continuing absence of her husband Antipholus of Ephesus to her unmarried sister Luciana, and after Dromio of Ephesus brings the...

fairies

fairies   Reference library

Diane Purkiss

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...and not a familiar) but there are many other references, most memorably the Queen Mab speech in Romeo and Juliet , which exerted an enormous influence over other, later, literary fairies. All Shakespeare’s fairies are associated with jokes, tricks, and disguise; all are linked with the countryside and country life. Apart from a reference to the fairy as a fate ( Antony and Cleopatra 4.8.12), which recalls Holinshed ’s use of the term fate for the Weird Sisters, most brief references see fairies as one amongst many vague menaces of the night, with a few...

calendar, Shakespeare’s

calendar, Shakespeare’s   Reference library

Anne Button

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...following list gives the dates of festivals and other significant days, many of which are no longer celebrated, mentioned by Shakespeare in his plays. Twelfth Night—6 January The last day of the Christmas festival was an opportunity for carnivalesque misrule: carousing, practical jokes, and ribald impersonation of authority figures (elements which appear in Twelfth Night ). St Valentine’s Day—14 February Valentine’s Day was traditionally associated with the pairing of birds, and is mentioned in this context in A Midsummer Night’s Dream 4.1.138 ( see also ...

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