"So near the cradle of the fairy Queen."
'A Midsummer Nights Dream,' William Shakespeare.
In 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' we are introduced to Titania who is the Queen of the fairies.
Attended to many in her Kingdom, Titania is a proud and strong creature completely in charge of her own life, yet seemingly at odds with her husband, Oberon-the equally strong willed King of the Fairies.
Both are engaged in marital warfare over the keeping of an Indian changeling boy whose mother dies in childbirth.
Titania wants to adopt the changeling as her own son, but Oberon has a different plan and demands ownership of the boy.
Thus begins a story filled with tension, mix up and confusion for the warring spouses and the other memorable characters in the play.
Perhaps the most humiliating part of the play-for Titania at least, is Oberon's servant Puck who plays a trick on the Queen by dropping a love potion into her eyes as she sleeps, causing her to magically fall in love with the first creature she sees.
She falls in love with Nick Bottom, an amateur actor who is practicing a play in the woods where the fairies live.
Nick has been given the head of a donkey by Puck, who feels it is better suited to his overconfident character.
In this case the tables are eventually turned on the character, and instead of the sorceress turning her lovers into animals, she is made to love a donkey after Nick has been transformed.
Fairies play interesting roles in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' They secretly interact with humans by either singing to affect the seasons or blessing weddings. And of course, fairies like Puck play tricks on humans.
But here at Titania Soho, there are no tricks. Just a magical time had by all.
Come and join the fun and laughter!