Today on Digital Theatre Plus we release a full study guide on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The guide explores story, characters, themes, language, the life of the bard himself, and more.

This fresh and exclusive take on this highest of comedies is a proud addition to our library. Ben Fowler, freelance director and theatre academic at Warwick University and Queen Mary, University of London, provides a studied and insightful analytical companion to Shakespeare's beloved comedy.

Dreams are a potent metaphor for theatre itself – they symbolise the same kind of transformations as those performed by actors when they take on a character. Dreams, like actors, transform things – but by paying close attention to those transformations, we can be led to deeper insights about who we are.