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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Tempest (1956)

TitleThe Tempest
Release LocationsGB
Length1 hrs, 46 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Tempest (teleplay)
SeriesSunday Night Theatre Series


Fortunately a copy of this production on 16 mm film is available for study at the NFA in London. The father and son team of Robert and Ian Atkins, long active in the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, teamed up to produce the show. The senior Atkins, who began his career at His Majesty's Theatre with Sir Herbert Tree, also plays the role of Caliban. At a budget of £2,826 the production represented a considerable investment, for the times

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CalibanRobert Atkins
MirandaAnna Barry
CeresSilvia Beamish
ArielPatti Brooks
FerdinandBernard Brown
AlonsoLaidman Browne
CastD. Chivers
CastO. Crowther
CastV. Deakin
ProsperoRobert Eddison
CastD. Forest
CastR. Frankel
CastD. Gardner
Juno, VocalistJean Grayston
FranciscoClement Hamelin
CastJ. Harmer
CastW. Hilton
CastJ. Kedge
CastM. Kenny
IrisPatricia Kneale
SpiritsR. Labee
CastA. Lewis
TrinculoJonathan Meddings
MarinersB. Moorehead
GonzaloCharles Lloyd Pack
SebastianOlaf Pooley
AdrianPeter Street
StephanoRussell Thorndike
AntonioDouglas Wilmer

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerRobert Atkins
ProducerIan Atkins
ComposerHans Heimler
ChoreographyGeraldine Stephenson
CostumesOlive Harris
ProductionBarry Learoyd

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell