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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 (and not with Titania)
  • 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:

Player 1: Theseus

Player2:  Bottom, Pyramus

Player3: Oberon

Player4: Puck

Player5: Lysander

Player6: Demetrius

Player7: Quince, Prologue

Player8: Thisbe, Flute

Player9: Egeus

Player10: Helena

Player11: Hermia

Player12: Titania

Player13: Hippolyta, 1st_fairy, 2nd_fairy

Player14: Wall, Snout

Player15: Lion, Snug

Player16: Starveling, Moon

Player17: Peaseblossom

Player18: Cobweb

Player19: Mustardseed

Player20: Moth

If you want to understand better how to use our MFFEV5 CloudReader, read:

Why read Shakespeare’s plays in a group?
How to use our MFFEV5 CloudReader , and
Preparing Malvolio for Performance using MFFEV5 CloudReader and Parts and Cues



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