How many "modern" adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream are there?

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According to Stephen Follows, A Midsummer Night's Dream has been adapted for film twenty times. In addition, it has been adapted into ballets, operas, and musicals.

The play was adapted into a silent film in 1909. It's only ten minutes long and is one of the easiest versions to find online.

It was first adapted into a talking picture in 1935 and starred James Cagney and Mickey Rooney. Critics complained that the actors did not possess enough experience with Shakespeare to do the play justice.

That was put right in 1968 in a British version directed by Peter Hall. Dame Judi Dench, who played Titania, and Sir Ian Holm, who played Puck, were members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Perhaps the best-known modern film adaption is the 1999 version directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania, Rupert Everett as Oberon, Christian Bale as Demetrius, and Kevin Kline as Bottom.

In more recent times, film directors have updated A Midsummer Night's Dream by placing it in a more modern setting. A 2018 version directed by Casey Wilde Mott was set in Hollywood, and a 2002 version called A Midnight Summer's Rave was set at a rave in Los Angeles.

Other films that are more loosely based on the play include Get Over It (2001) and 10 ml Love (2010).

The play was also was adapted into a ballet in 1962 by George Balanchine and Frederick Ashton and again in 1964 by the British Royal Ballet. Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera in 1964.

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