Want to know where A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set? Read on for full details of this play set in Athens, to understand exactly where each scene in the play is located.
Shakespeare set A Midsummer Night’s Dream in ancient Athens and the wood just outside it, which Shakespeare changes into a magic place with fairies. There is a fairy king and a fairy queen. The King exercises his magical power over the young lovers as they fall in and out of love at his bidding.
This wood near Athen is important as a setting because it is a magical, unrealistic place, not the real world of humans. The humans wander into it and become part of the fantasy and irrationality that is the faries’ world and the story and the themes are played out in that context.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, and click the icons on the map for more information. Text in the more info box are the specific locations Shakespeare references in his A Midsummer Night’s Dream text: