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In this World Fantasy Award-winning standalone story featuring art by Charles Vess, visit a traveling road show of dramatic actors led by William Shakespeare as they unveil a new production called A Midsummer Night's Dream for a very peculiar audience…

In the summer of 1593, William Shakespeare and his troop of actors travel to Wendel's mound in the English countryside. There, in the in the outdoors they perform the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for Lord Morpheus and his guests, Titania and Auberon, king and queen of the fairy realm, and a number of their subjects. This is part of a bargain Shakespeare made with Morpheus in The Sandman issue #13.

This story won the World Fantasy Award in the 'Best Short Fiction' category.

It is the first and only comic to ever have done so.



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If there's one thing we learn from The Sandman, it's that the great stories are immortal. The fact that this quasi-retelling of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' won a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction in 1991 is testament to that. The story concerns The Bard fulfilling a bargain with the Lord of Dreams with a special performance, and the Lord of Dreams using it as an opportunity to repay the fay folk for entertaining him over the years. Much like the film Shakespeare In Love, which uses 'Rom...

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