Want to know where A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set? 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. The wood is important as a setting because it is a magical, unrealistic place, not the realistic 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 All’s Well That Ends Well, and below the map is a text list of the locations. When you click a pin on the map it opens to show all of the settings used within the location, using Shakespeare actual wording. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, click the icons on the map for more information, or use the list of all map pins below the A Midsummer Night’s Dream settings map: