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Love in Idleness: Fairy Scenes from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Synopsis
Radio broadcast consisting of a sequence of fairy scenes from Shakespeare’s comedy with a cast of children playing fairies and clowns. Produced by Barbara Burnham and John Burrell, it stars Ralph Richardson as Bottom. With selections from Purcell’s music.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
13 Jul 1941 at 15:30 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
45 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Barbara Burnham; John Burrell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Henry Purcell
Cast
Peter GlenvilleOberon
Rosamund GreenwoodTitania
John CarolPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Clive Baxter 
David Baxter 
Ernest Butcher 
Franklyn Bellamy 
Mary Therese 
Maureen Glynn 
Michael Gainsborough 
Pauline de Chalux 
Ralph RichardsonNick Bottom
Walter Piers 

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
This was John Carol’s (Puck) first venture in acting Shakespeare.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Guy Fletcher, ‘Miscellany’, Radio Times, 11 July 1941, p. 7
Source: Times, Radio Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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