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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Televised adapation of the play for children. Written by Ian and Robert Atkins, starring Robert Atkins as Bottom.
Series
For the Children
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
17 Apr 1951 at 17:00 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
60 mins
Availability
No archive copy known (2006)

Credits

Producer
Joy Harington
Writer
Ian Atkins; Robert Atkins; William Shakespeare
Art Direction
Stephen Taylor
Cast
Peter MadrenTheseus
Mary HignettHippolyta
John Warrington (2)Oberon
Prudence HymanTitania
Jeremy SpenserPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Ann CummingCobweb
Clement HamelinRobin Starveling
Dudley JonesSnug
Frederick PiperPeter Quince
Josephine SaundersPeaseblossom
Leslie CrowtherFrancis Flute
Raymond RollettTom Snout
Robert AtkinsNick Bottom
Roberta WooleyMoth
Sally JuddMustardseed

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
children’s television; schools; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Notes

Notes
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a television script.
History
Before Atkins’ adaptation of the entire play was shown, excerpts from the production had already been transmitted: on 26 November and 3 December 1950 the BBC broadcast two scenes from the play aimed at schools, The Transformation of Bottom and The Play (see separate entries).
Stills
A black-and-white still of Jeremy Spenser as Puck can be found in the 1952 edition of the BBC Year Book.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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