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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1947)

TitleA Midsummer Night's Dream
Release LocationsGB
Length2 hrs
Play ConnectionsA Midsummer Night's Dream (recording)


The Open Air Theatre, contiguous with the fabulous Queen Mary's Rose Garden in Regents Park, London, was once again the setting for this Midsummer Night's Dream, which repeated the 1946 television show (see 397) but with many new faces in cast and production crews. Mary Honer stayed on as Puck and as choreographer and Rosabel Watson again conducted the orchestra. Lysander and Demetrius were new, however, and the Fairy Ballet was entirely different from the 1946 corps. The recording of a live performance would make the performance available to thousands who might otherwise never have bothered to visit the Open Air Theatre, though at the same time the virtues of this goal are balanced off by the defects—only a trip to the Open Air theatre on a summer evening could capture the full magic of the experience. Ironically in 1947 perhaps the same persons who could afford television were also the ones who could afford to go to the Open Air Theatre

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

TheseusHugh Manning
HippolytaGwendolyn Dante
OberonPaul Hansard
TitaniaPatricia Kneale
PuckMary Honer
EgeusErnest Bale
LysanderWilliam Hutchinson
DemetriusEwen Solon
HermiaYvonne Forster
HelenaAnne Brooke
PhilostrateMichael Meacham
BottomRobert Atkins
QuinceThomas Dance
SnugRonald Woodroofe
FluteDavid March
SnoutLeslie Wright
StarvelingClement Hamelin
Singing FairySheila Fox
Fairy BalletKristile Karnivola
First FairyDiana Wilson
CastJoan Banyard
CastJoan Boyd
CastJoan Grant
CastPatricia Harris
CastJoy Harvey
CastRoma Heritage
CastJoyce Lineham
CastBernice Portsmouth
CastKate Ross
CastConstance Warren

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerRobert Atkins
ProducerI. Orr-Ewing
ComposerFelix Mendelssohn
ChoreographyMary Honer
General ManagerEric Blyth
Stage DirectorDavid Burney
Stage ManagerMonica Noel-Smith
Assistant Stage ManagerJohn Carew
ConductorRosabel Watson

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell