Characters

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.

The AtheniansA Midsummer Night's Dream - Sheriden Smith as Titania

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.

The Lovers

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.

The MechanicalsA Midsummer Night's Dream - Walliams as Bottom

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.

The Fairies

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 , MothCobwebMustardseed – Fairy servants to Titania.

To find out more about the A Midsummer Night’s Dream characters in action then check out our synopsis page.

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  1. Elisabeth von Glasenapp

    Finding this overview over the characters is great, as I do exactly this as preparation before I go and see a Shakespeare play. As I recently made myself unpopular by sending an open letter to a commercial audio play producer in Germany for not providing a simple cast list and production credits, not just the commercial bit of ” with the German voices of Hollywood star X, Y or Z”, it would be much appreciated if you could simply list all creative as well, e. g. in brackets. Particular with Shakespeare plays it helps a lot when one can match names & faces with the characters straight away.
    And it shows the due respect to all members of an ensemble, not just the stars.
    I hope you keep the documentation accessible in an archive.
    Thanks !

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