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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Radio version of Shakespeare’s comedy adapted by Lance Sieveking and produced by Val Gielgud. With Ralph Richardson as Bottom. Mendelssohn’s music is played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with a section of Ipswich Co-operative Girls’ Choir. John Hollingsworth conducts.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
31 Mar 1953
Transmission details
4 Jun 1953 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
160 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Val Gielgud
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Felix Mendelssohn
Contributor
John Hollingsworth
Adaptor for Radio
Lance Sieveking
Cast
Deryck GuylerTheseus
Margaret WolfitHippolyta
Laurence PayneOberon
Monica GreyTitania
Frank DuncanPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Arthur KeaneEgeus
Arthur RidleyPhilostrate
Brendon BarryDemetrius
Denise BryerHelena
Eliot MakehamPeter Quince
Felicity BarringtonMoth
Frank AtkinsonSnug
Hilda SchroderMustardseed
John RaeRobin Starveling
Margaret BullCobweb
Norman ClaridgeFrancis Flute
Norman MitchellTom Snout
Pamela AlanHermia
Ralph RichardsonNick Bottom
Richard BebbLysander
Susan KennawayPeaseblossom

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
Rehearsals: 26/3/1953-31/3/1953
According to the Radio Times programme information, this is the first BBC production to use the full Mendelssohn score.
Textual information
A script of this programme is held in the Shakespeare Collection of the Birmingham Central Library.
Reviews
Source: Radio Times, The Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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