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At Court, Hippolyta, an Amazonian warrior, is about to wed Theseus, who has won her in a battle. The that same Court, Egeus arrives, demanding that his errant daughter Hermia accept Demetrius, the husband he has chosen for her, or face the law’s ultimate penalty. Hermia therefore elopes into the woods with her lover Lysander, hotly pursued by Demetrius, who in turn is chased by Helena, equally besotted with him.
Also in the forest are an amateur acting group made up of local workers, secretly rehearsing a great tragedy, which they hope will amuse and amaze Theseus and Hippolyta at their wedding supper.
Unbeknownst to these mortals, the King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Titania, are also in the midst of a terrible quarrel, with Oberon bent on revenge, not caring who may accidentally get in his way. He calls on his court jester Robin Goodfellow to orchestrate some mischief, which with puckish imperfection and fairy enchantment almost goes too far.