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In 1660, the famous diary-keeper Samuel Pepys saw a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and wrote in his diary that it was "the most insipid ridiculous play that I ever saw in my life."

In a 1939 film of the play called Swingin' the Dream, the rustic actors were played by the Benny Goodman Sextet (a jazz band), and Bottom was played by the great jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

In 1970, Peter Brook staged a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in which all the fairies in the play (Puck, Oberon, Titania) swung on trapezes, above the main action

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