Hermia's father has arranged for her to marry Demetrius, a good-looking, intelligent man. But Hermia wants to marry Lysander.
You shall marry Demetrius!
Then I will take you to court.
I will NOT!
Hermia's father takes her to court, where the judge will decide wether she will be killed or be taken to the nunery.
But I want to marry Lysander! This isn't fair.
Lysander and Hermia tell Helena, a friend of Hermia's, that they are running away to get married. But Helena, who is secretly in love with Demetrius, tells him of their plan as she wants to win him over.
Don't tell anyone...
...So we are going to run away tonight...
Don't worry, I won't tell ANYONE.
So, that night Lysander and Hermia decide to runaway into the woods. But they don't run into any ordinary wood, they run into the magical woods.
Come on, this way!
So Demetrius runs after Hermia, and Helena closely follows after Demetrius. So that night all four lovers are chasing each other in the woods.
Coooeee! Where are you, Hermia?
Nearby in a clearing, there is a group of Athenian tradesmen are rehearsing The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe, for the Duke's wedding.