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A Midsummer Night's Dream - by William Shakespeare - Dramatised Audio CD Unabridged

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - by William Shakespeare - Dramatised Audio CD Unabridged

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Unabridged Audio CD

Brand New :  Unabridged 2 Audio CDs 139 minutes

The play qualities 3 interlocking plots, connected by a celebration of the marriage of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta, and set simultaneously in the woodland, and in the realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon. In the opening scene, Hermia refuses to follow her father's, Egeus's, instructions for her to marry his selected guy, Demetrius. In reaction, Egeus quotes before Theseus an historic Athenian law whereby a daughter should marry the suitor selected by her dad, or else face death. Theseus refuses to need this young girl to die, and has her another choice, lifelong chastity worshipping the goddess Diana as a nun. (The word 'nun' in this sense is an anachronism.)

Hermia and her lover Lysander choose to elope by escaping through the woodland at evening. Hermia informs her friend Helena, but Helena has newly been refused by Demetrius and chooses to win back his favour by telling the program to him. Demetrius, followed doggedly by Helena, chases Hermia. Hermia and Lysander, believing themselves securely from reach, rest in the woods.
Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Joseph Noel Paton Meanwhile, Oberon, king of the fairies, and his queen, Titania,was in the woodland outside Athens. Titania informs Oberon that she plans to remain there until after she has attended Theseus and Hippolyta's marriage. Oberon and Titania are estranged because Titania refuses to provide her Indian changeling to Oberon for employ as his "knight" or "henchman," since the child's mom was 1 of Titania's worshippers. Oberon seeks to punish Titania's disobedience. So he calls for the mischievous Puck (also known as Hobgoblin and Robin Goodfellow) to aid him apply a magical juice from a flower called "love-in-idleness", which makes the victim fall in love with all the initial living thing watched upon awakening. He instructs Puck to retrieve the flower thus that he may create Titania fall in love with some vile creature of the woodland. Oberon utilizes the juice to Titania to distract her and force her to provide up the page-boy.

Having enjoyed Demetrius act cruelly toward Helena, Oberon orders Puck to spread a few of the elixir found on the eyelids of the young Athenian guy. Instead, Puck accidentally puts the juice found on the eyes of Lysander, who then falls in love with Helena. Oberon sees Demetrius nonetheless following Hermia and is enraged. When Demetrius chooses to go to rest, Oberon sends Puck to receive Helena while he charms Demetrius' eyes. Due to Puck's mistakes, both fans today fight over Helena rather of Hermia. Helena, but, is persuaded that her 2 suitors are mocking her, as neither enjoyed her initially. The 4 follow and quarrel with each additional nearly all of the evening, until they become thus enraged that they find a spot to duel each different to the death to settle the quarrel. Oberon orders Puck to keep the fans from catching up with 1 another in the woodland and to re-charm Lysander for Hermia. Meanwhile, a band of lower-class labourers ("rude mechanicals", as they are described by Puck) have organized to work a crude play about Pyramus and Thisbe for Theseus' marriage, and venture into the woodland, near Titania's bower, for their rehearsal. Nick Bottom, a stage-struck weaver, is spotted by Puck, who transforms his head into that of an ass (donkey). Titania is awakened by Bottom's singing and instantly falls in love with him. She treats him like a nobleman and lavishes him with attention. While in this state of devotion, she encounters Oberon and casually offers him the Indian boy. Having accomplished his goals, Oberon releases Titania and orders Puck to remove the ass's head from Bottom. The magical enchantment is removed from Lysander but is permitted to stay on Demetrius, thus that he could reciprocate Helena's love.

The fairies then disappear, and Theseus and Hippolyta arrive found on the scene, during an early morning look. They wake the fans and, since Demetrius doesn't love Hermia anymore, Theseus over-rules Egeus's demands and arranges a group marriage. The fans choose that the night's occasions need been a dream. After they all exit, Bottom awakes, and he too chooses that he need experienced a dream "past the wit of guy." In Athens, Theseus, Hippolyta and the fans observe the mechanicals work "Pyramus and Thisbe." It is ridiculous and severely performed but provides everyone pleasure irrespective, and afterward everyone retires to bed.

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About the Author William Shakespeare

(baptised April 26 1564 - died April 23 1616)
William Shakespeare (equally spelled Shakspere, Shaksper, Shaxper, and Shake-speare, because that spelling in Elizabethan occasions was not fixed and absolute[8]) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, the son of John Shakespeare, a lucrative glover and alderman from Snitterfield, and of Mary Arden, a daughter of the gentry. His birth is assumed to have happened at the family home on Henley Street. Shakespeare's christening record dates to April 26 of that year. Because christenings were done within a limited days of birth, custom has settled on April 23 as his birthday. This date delivers a advantageous symmetry because Shakespeare died found on the same day, April 23 (May 3 found on the Gregorian calendar), in 1616.

Shakespeare possibly attended King Edward VI Grammar School in central Stratford. While the standard of Elizabethan-era grammar universities was uneven, the school possibly would have provided an intense knowledge in Latin grammar and literature. It is presumed that the young Shakespeare attended this school, since because the son of the prominent town official he was entitled to do thus for free (although his attendance cannot be confirmed because the school's records have not survived). At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was twenty-six, on November 28, 1582. One document identified her as being "of Temple Grafton," near Stratford, and the wedding might have happened there. Two neighbours of Anne posted bond that there were no impediments to the wedding. There appears to have been some haste in arranging the ceremony, presumably because Anne was 3 months expecting.

After his wedding, Shakespeare left limited traces in the famous record until he appeared found on the London theatrical scene. Indeed, the late 1580s are termed as Shakespeare's "lost years" because no evidence has survived to show where he was or why he left Stratford for London. On May 26, 1583, Shakespeare's initially child, Susanna, was baptised at Stratford. Twin kids, a son, Hamnet, along with a daughter, Judith, were baptised on February 2, 1585. Hamnet died in 1596.

London and theatrical career

By 1592 Shakespeare was a playwright in London; he had enough of the standing for Robert Greene to denounce him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is also capable to bombast out a blanke verse as the number one of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey." (The italicised line parodies the phrase, "Oh, tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide" which Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI, piece 3.)

By late 1594 Shakespeare was an actor, author and part-owner of the playing organization, recognised as the Lord Chamberlain's Men - the organization took its name, like others of the period, from its aristocratic sponsor, in this case the Lord Chamberlain. The group became favored enough that after the death of Elizabeth I and the coronation of James I (1603), the unique monarch adopted the organization and it became recognised as the King's Men. Shakespeare's composing shows him to indeed be an actor, with various words, words, and references to acting, but there isn't an educational approach to the art of theatre that may be expected.

By 1596 Shakespeare had moved to the parish of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate, and by 1598 he appeared at the best of the list of actors in Every Man in His Humour created by Ben Jonson. Also by 1598 his name started to appear found on the title pages of his plays, presumably as a marketing point.

There is a custom that Shakespeare, in addition to composing countless of the plays his business enacted, and being worried as part-owner of the organization with company and financial details, continued to act in numerous components including the ghost of Hamlet's dad, Adam in ""As You Like It"", and as the Chorus in ""Henry V"".

He appears to have moved across the Thames River to Southwark sometime around 1599. By 1604, he had moved again, north of the river, where he lodged only north of St Paul's Cathedral with a Huguenot family called Mountjoy. His home there is value noting because he helped arrange a wedding between your Mountjoys' daughter and their apprentice Stephen Bellott. Bellott later sued his father-in-law for defaulting on piece of the guaranteed dowry, and Shakespeare was called as a witness.

Various documents recording legal matters and commercial transactions show that Shakespeare grew wealthy enough during his remain in London to purchase a property in Blackfriars, London and own the second-largest apartment in Stratford, New Place.

Later years

Shakespeare's last 2 plays were created in 1613, after which he appears to have retired to Stratford. He died on April 23 1616, at the age of fifty-two, found on the same date (though not same day for England was nevertheless working under the Julian calendar) as Spanish author and poet Miguel de Cervantes. He furthermore died on his birthday, if the speculation that he was born on April 23 is correct. He was married to Anne until his death and was survived by his 2 daughters, Susanna and Judith. Susanna wedded Dr John Hall, but there are no direct descendants of the poet and playwright alive now.

Shakespeare is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was granted the honour of burial in the chancel not on account of his fame as a playwright but for buying a share of the tithe of the church for £440 (a considerable sum of cash at the time). A monument placed by his family found on the wall nearest his grave attributes a bust of him posed in the act of composing. Each year on his reported birthday, a modern quill pen is placed in the composing hand of the bust.

He is believed to have created the epitaph on his tombstone:

Great friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blest become the guy that spares these stones,
But cursed be he that moves my bones. 

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - Unabridged Audio CD


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