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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
For its time a sumptuous television adaptation of the play complete with Mendelssohn’s music and ballet. Dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne appears as Puck.
Series
Sunday Night Theatre
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
9 Nov 1958 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
105 mins

Credits

Director
Rudolph Cartier
Producer
Rudolph Cartier
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Leslie Bridgewater
Costume
Pamela Glanville
Art Direction
Clifford Hatts
Contributor
Eric Crozier
Cast
John WestbrookTheseus
Margaret WhitingHippolyta
John JustinOberon
Natasha ParryTitania
Gillian LynnePuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Christine FinneHermia
David OxleyLysander
Eric LanderDemetrius
Gaynie MacSweenieMustardseed
Hazel MerryMoth
Jane ShorePeaseblossom
Jennifer DanielFirst Fairy (Fairy)
John LongdenEgeus
John WarnerTom Snout
Michael BatesRobin Starveling
Miles MallesonPeter Quince
Paul RogersNick Bottom
Peter SallisSnug
Ronald FraserFrancis Flute
Vernie RuthvenCobweb
Vivienne DrummondHelena

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a television script.
History
Appears to be the first full-length television studio production of the play in Britain. The first US broadcast was 29 April 1962 on WTTW, Chicago in the NET Drama Festival slot.
Reviews
For details of production costs cf. Rothwell, Kenneth S. and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 402, p. 194.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
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Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
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Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

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