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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1964, Joan Kemp-Welch)

TitleA Midsummer Night's Dream
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJoan Kemp-Welch
MediumColor video with sound
Length1 hrs, 51 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsA Midsummer Night's Dream (interpretation)


A studio television production made by one of Britain's independent (non-BBC) television companies. Now suddenly this once rare production is widely available for a nominal cost on videocassette. "George Rylands of Cambridge University was brought in to advise and edit the script, and Michael Yates was appointed to design the sets. [The production] eschewed any attempt at the modern approach." It was made at Wembley Studio 5, with 200 stagehands, 400 lamps, and 40 lighting changes." And was declared to be "the most imaginative tv production of a Shakespeare play during the quarter-centenary year" (Blyth, Alan, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," TV Times 19 June 1964: 10+)

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

TheseusPatrick Allen
HippolytaEira Heath
OberonPeter Wyngarde
TitaniaAnna Massey
PuckTony Tanner
EgeusCyril Luckham
LysanderJohn Fraser
DemetriusClifford Elkin
HermiaMaureen Beck
HelenaJill Bennett
PhilostrateTony Bateman
BottomBenny Hill
QuinceMiles Malleson
SnugArthur Hewlett
FluteAlfie Bass
SnoutBernard Bresslaw
StarvelingBill Shine
PeaseblossomPeter Church
CobwebDiana Simpson
MothStanley Thomas
MustardseedMichael Newport
FairyKay Frazer
DancerNatasha Aston
DancerDianne Chele
DancerRonnie Curran
DancerTerry Gilbert
DancerCarole Grant
DancerLynda Jones
DancerYvonne Joseph
DancerAnnabel King
DancerJanet Kinson
DancerHelen Magner
DancerPriscilla Ruffell
DancerRosemary Toombs

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJoan Kemp-Welch
ComposerFelix Mendelssohn
ComposerGuy Woolfenden
ChoreographyJuan Corelli
Adaptor/TranslatorGeorge Rylands
CostumesSheila Jackson
LightingBill Lee
ProductionMichael Yates

Company Overview

Playgroup Royal Shakespeare Company
Producer Rediffusion

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell