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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1958, Rudolph Cartier)

TitleA Midsummer Night's Dream
Release LocationsGB
DirectorRudolph Cartier
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 45 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsA Midsummer Night's Dream (teleplay)
SeriesSunday Night Theatre Series


This was the first full-length tv studio production of MND in England. Previously, however, there had been excerpts transmitted on television, twice in 1937 (on Feb. 18 and Apr. 23), and then again July 24, 1946 and July 28 and 29, 1947, from the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park, as well as in January 1957 directly from the Old Vic (see 401). This production was originally budgeted at £4,500, then considered an enormous sum of money. Despite grumblings from studio executives, the final cost soared to over £6,000. A cast of 12 men and 10 women, plus a Corps de Ballet of 28 contributed to the escalating costs (WAC TS/232 Nov. 1958)

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

TheseusJohn Westbrook
HippolytaMargaret Whiting
OberonJohn Justin
TitaniaNatasha Parry
PuckGillian Lynne
EgeusJohn Longden
LysanderDavid Oxley
DemetriusEric Lander
HermiaChristine Finn
HelenaVivienne Drummond
BottomPaul Rogers
QuinceMiles Malleson
SnugPeter Sallis
FluteRonald Fraser
SnoutJohn Warner
StarvelingMichael Bates
PeaseblossomJane Shore
CobwebVernie Ruthven
MothHazel Merry
MustardseedGaynie MacSweenie
First FairyJennifer Daniel

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorRudolph Cartier
ProducerRudolph Cartier
EditorEric Crozier
ComposerLeslie Bridgewater
ComposerFelix Mendelssohn
ChoreographyAlfred Rodrigues
CostumesPamela Glanville
MakeupRosemary Ross
ProductionClifford Hatts

Company Overview

Playgroup BBC Enterprises

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell