Discord/ Harmony

Throughout the play, Shakespeare makes many references to music and sound, both harmonious and discordant. The play begins with lovers' discord, with arguments between both mortals and fairies. It ends in harmony, with the reuniting of the lovers, and the reconciliation of Oberon and Titania.

The Chichester production uses music and song to create sounds of harmony and discord. From the sweet lullabies of the fairies to the tuneless braying of Bottom, sound underlines the key messages of the play.