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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Cast list for 20 players (Original FF cast)

This cast list for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the original cast list used for the first First Folio production. It requires a cast of 20 speaking players. You can play-read this casting, though some parts will be rather small, or you could perform the prodcution. Players-Shakespeare.com’s MFFEV5 edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides castings for 6 to 12 playreaders and  this casting for 20 players. The roles for each player are shown below with links to a highlight text script. If you want to read your script in Parts and Cues format, change the script format in the setup windows (accessed via the gearwheel in the top right-hand corner of the script window.


There are a few points of interest in the original casting:

  • Helena is the largest part in the play – if only by a couple of lines
  • Hippolyta is doubled with First (and Second) Fairy.
  • There is no other doubling of speaking parts, though some of the smaller speaking parts are doubled with non-speaking parts (e.g. the four fairies and the Titania’s train)

The roles for the 20 playreaders are as follows:

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