A Midsummer Night’s Dream has 21 named characters as well as various other small roles, such as fairy servants to Titania. The characters in the play can be broken up into four groups; The Athenian, who are the authoritative characters in the court of Athens, The Lovers, who are Athenians who are lead by their desires to escape from the city, The Mechanicals, who are lower-class ‘workmen’ from Athens, and The Fairies, who are a omniscient and magical force in the forest.
Theseus – The Duke of Athens. Theseus is the head ‘Athenian’ and is marrying Hippolyta. Events in A Midsummer Night’s Dream evolve around their wedding.
Hippolyta – The future wife of Theseus and the Queen of the Amazons.
Egeus – Father of Hermia. Egeus is extremely keen for Hermia to marry Demetrius. He does not approve of Lysander.
Philostrate – Master of Ceremonies. Philostrate hires The Mechanicals to perform at the ‘royal’ wedding.
Helena – The young lady vying for Demetrius’ affections.
Hermia – Daughter of Egeus and in love with Lysander. Hermia and Lysander plan to run away together so that she does not have to marry Demetrius.
Demetrius – In love with Hermia and wants to marry her. Initially he has no interest in Helena.
Lysander – In love with Hermia and planning on running away with her.
Nick Bottom – The cheeky weaver who is cast as Pyramus in the royal production. Bottom becomes Titania’s lover.
Peter Quince – A carpenter and leader of the Mechanicals. Quince acts like a sort of director and reads the prologue of the play.
Francis Flute – A mender. Flute plays the female Thisbe in the royal production.
Robin Staveling – A tailor. Staveling is a humorous mechanical and portrays “moonshine” in the royal play.
Thomas Snout – A Tinker. Snout is whimsically cast as a wall in the royal play.
Snug – A joiner. Snug plays Lion in the royal production.
Oberon – King of the Fairies and Titania’s on/off lover.
Titania – Queen of the Faires and Oberon’s lover.
Puck – A mischievous fairy and servant to Oberon.
Peaselblossom , Moth, Cobweb, Mustardseed – Fairy servants to Titania.
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