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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Summary
1946 BBC outside broadcast of Robert Atkins’ Bankside Players production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.
Theatre play
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare [more information]
Date of transmission
Wednesday 24 July 1946
Time
2.30-5.00pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC
Theatre company
Robert Atkins’ Bankside Players

Credits

Theatre Producer
Robert Atkins (1886-1972)
Playwright
William Shakespeare
Orchestra Directed by
Robert Watson
Dances Arranged by
Mary Honer
Dancer
Dinette Bessell (Fairy)
Dancer
Lorna Burgess (Fairy)
Dancer
Mary Bussell (Fairy)
Dancer
Zoe Gampels (Fairy)
Dancer
Bridget Harting (Fairy)
Dancer
Ann Jory (Fairy)
Dancer
Ann Newman (Fairy)
Dancer
Diana Spencer-Lewis (Fairy)
Dancer
Wendy Stuart (Fairy)
Cast
Robert Atkins (1886-1972)Bottom
Iris BakerHelena
Peter BellDemetrius
Vivienne BennettTitania
John ByronOberon
Thomas DanceEgeus
Andrew FauldsLysander
Clement HamelinStarveling
Patricia HicksHermia
Mary HonerPuck
Desmond LlewellynTheseus
Hugh ManningSnout
David MarchPhilostrate
Angela ShaftoHippolyta
Ivan StaffFlute
Ronald StocksSnug
Russell ThorndikeQuince
Diana WilsonFirst Fairy

Additional details

Origination
Live from theatre
Vision original
Monochrome
Notes
'Those who watch the television broadcast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre on Wednesday afternoon will be seeing it very much as Shakespeare intended it to be seen, sans scenery and sans "curtains" [...] Weather permitting, this will be a straight-forward performance, watched by three Emitron cameras set up in the middle of the audience’ (Source: ‘The Scanner’, ‘Dream on the Screen’, Radio Times, 19 July 1946, p. 24).
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
children’s drama; Elizabethan drama; Greece, as theme or setting; marriage; supernatural; theatre or acting, as theme

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 19 July 1946 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing on p. 26 and brief article on p. 24

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