William Shakespeare, Quartos, Midsummer Night's Dream, 1600 [1619] - 'Pyramus and Thisbe' play is performed, p.H2v.

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Date:1600

Description:The play of 'Pyramus and Thisbe' in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s play concludes with Duke Theseus and his wedding guests being very critical as they are entertained by the play of 'Pyramus and Thisbe', presented by the local amateurs led by Bottom, Flute and Quince. They are described to Duke Theseus as: ‘Hard-handed men who work in Athens here...which now have toiled... with this same play against your nuptial.’ And we will hear it.’ (5,1, lines 172-173).


Full title: William Shakespeare, A midsommer nights dreame. As it hath beene sundry times publikely acted, Written by William Shakespeare. [London], Printed by James Roberts, 1600. [i.e. William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier, 1619].


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