A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy by William Shakespeare that portrays the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. In parallel are the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and ‘the mechanicals’, a group of actors who are controlled by the fairies.
The play begins with Hermia who loves Lysander, as she resists her fathers demand that she wed Demetrius. Meanwhile, Helena pines for Demetrius. Angered, her father invokes an ancient Athenian law whereby a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or face death. Theseus offers her another choice, lifelong chastity while worshipping the goddess Artemis as a nun.