Theseus, duke of Athens, is marrying Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons.
Egeus marches into Theseus’s court with his daughter, Hermia, and two young men, Demetrius and Lysander. Egeus wants his daughter to marry Demitrius and he loves her, but Hermia is in love with Lysander.
Hermia and Lysander plan to run into the woods and get married at Lysanders aunts house. Helena, Hermia's friend, hears about this and tells her lover, Demitrius, to do the same, so they all end up in the woods.
Also in the woods, there is also a fairy king and queen whos names were Oberon and Titania. They came from India to bless the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Also in the woods, there were some craftsmen who were rehearsing a play for the wedding.
Oberon thinks that an Indian prince given to them by his mother should be a prince, but Titania disagrees. As revenge, Oberon sends his servant, Puck, to gather a magical flower. When the juice of the flower is spread on the eyelids of a person, they will fall in love with the first person that they see. He also asks Puck to spread it on Demitrius as he saw him being cruel to Helena.
Instead, Puck finds Hermia and Lysander, and mistakes him for Demitrius. He puts the flower juice on his eyelids and when he wakes up, he falls in love with Helena. As the night goes on, Demitrius and Lysander both are in love with Helena. As they are about to fight, Puck mimics their voices, confusing them. When Titania wakes, the first person she sees is bottom, who has been turned into a donkey by Puck.