Dear Agony Aunt

Dear Agony Aunt, My husband and I have been arguing a lot recently, mostly about a changeling boy that I have custody of from a friend. He wants the boy but I am not willing to part with him. Should I just hand over the boy to stop the arguments or should I stand my ground and keep him? Titania x


  1. I think that Titania should not give up the boy but perhaps give up Oberon instead. (by Shakespeare's Globe)

  2. Perhaps you could get him his own Indian Boy for Christmas? That should make him happy! (by Anon.)

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Methought I was enamour’d of an ass.


Relationship Status:

Loves Oberon, then Bottom, then Oberon


I am Titania, the Queen of the Fairies. I have fallen out with the King over a changeling boy which I possess. He wants to take the boy from me but I will not allow it. The next thing I remember is my fairies singing me to sleep and then falling in love with the first beast I see, Bottom the ass. I dote upon the creature and call upon my fairies to be servants to my new love. But when I am woken again by Oberon, I loathe the beast and cannot understand why I was ever in his company.



Music & fine dining



Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed

Also Called:

  • ‘Fairy Queen’ (Fairy. 2.1.8)
  • ‘Our Queen’ (Fairy. 2.1.17)
  • ‘mistress’ (Fairy. 2.1.59)
  • ‘proud Titania’ (Oberon. 2.1.60)

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. (2.1.74-80) How canst thou thus, for shame, Titania, / Glance at my credit with Hippolyta, / Knowing I know thy love to Theseus? / Didst not thou lead him through the glimmering night / From Perigouna, whom he ravished; / And make him with fair Aegles break his faith, / With Ariadne and Antiopa?

  2. (3.2.6) My mistress with a monster is in love.

  3. (4.1.44-48) Seest thou this sweet sight? / Her dotage now I do begin to pity; / For, meeting her of late behind the wood / Seeking sweet favours for this hateful fool, / I did upbraid her and fall out with her.


  1. Clip 1

    Emma Pallant discusses her initial impressions of Titania. > Play
  2. Clip 2

    In conversation with the Fairies: Emma (Titania) and Fergal (Puck). > Play