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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Tempest (1939)

Release LocationsGB
Length1 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Tempest (teleplay)


The BBC production staff was unhappy with certain technical flaws that marred the production. A prompter was seen in the foreground of a long shot, and a property man walked across a superimposed shot. Moreover one executive grumbled that certain members of the cast were in no position to have accepted their engagements. So apparently all did not go as well as one might have hoped with a cast including such distinguished persons as Peggy Ashcroft. The budget was less than £500, which was skimpy even for those austere years (WAC TS/508, Feb. 1939)

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

ProsperoJohn Abbott
FerdinandRichard Ainley
MirandaPeggy Ashcroft
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersCharlotte Bidmead
SebastianOliver Burt
BoatswainErik Chitty
CalibanGeorge Devine
StephanoCharles Farrell
TrinculoRichard Goolden
ArielStephen Haggard
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersElizabeth Hamilton
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersHugh Laing
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersTherese Langfield
AntonioBasil C. Langton
AdrianStuart Latham
IrisVera Lindsay
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersGuy Massey
FranciscoGraham Payn
Ship MasterDennis Price
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersJohn Regan
GonzaloJohn Turnbull
Mariners, Nymphs, And ReapersPeggy Van Praagh
AlonsoAlan Wheatley

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerDallas Bower
ChoreographyAntony Tudor
ConductorHyam Greenbaum
ProductionMalcolm Baker-Smith

Company Overview

Playgroup London Ballet
Music Sibelius

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell