Shakespeare Characters

The characters within A Midsummer Night's Dream offer many challenges to both director and actors. There must be sufficient contrast between the worlds of court and fairies for the audience to find the characters believable; the audience must be convinced by the initial affections of the lovers to find the changes wrought by Oberon credible; the humour of the mechanicals, and particularly Bottom, must be pitched just right to point up the cruelty of Oberon's trick on Titania.

Shakespeare's language and imagery help to convey the relationships between the characters. The verse and rhythms of his characters' speech support the performers in their delivery of the text.

Pyramus and Thisbe