DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1600 [i.e., 1619] Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night's Dream

Reference Information

DEEP #: 298
Greg #: 170b
STC/Wing #: 22303
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 32
Date of First Publication: 1600
Date of First Production: 1595 [1595-1596]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Total Editions: 2 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: A Midsommer nights dreame.
Author: Written by William Shakespeare.
Performance: As it hath beene sundry times publikely acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants.
Imprint: Printed by Iames Roberts, 1600.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Jaggard, William
Publisher: Pavier, Thomas
Entries in Stationers' Register: Oct 8, 1600: Entered to Thomas Fisher: "A booke called A mydsommer nightes dreame".
Additional Notes: The imprint is false; the volume was actually printed in 1619 by William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier and apparently intended to form part of Pavier's Shakespeare collection of that year. William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion dates the first production to 1595; Annals dates it to 1596.