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A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Derek Godfrey ... Theseus

Barbara Jefford ... Hippolyta
Nicholas Selby ... Egeus
Hugh Sullivan ... Philostrate

David Warner ... Lysander

Diana Rigg ... Helena

Michael Jayston ... Demetrius

Helen Mirren ... Hermia
Paul Rogers ... Bottom

Sebastian Shaw ... Quince

Bill Travers ... Snout

Clive Swift ... Snug
Donald Eccles ... Starveling

John Normington ... Flute

Ian Richardson ... Oberon

Judi Dench ... Titania

Ian Holm ... Puck
Clare Dench ... First Fairy
Emma Dench ... Peaseblossom
Alistair Artingstall ... Cobweb
Joseph Jones ... Mustardseed
Richard Woolfenden ... Moth
Guy Woolfenden ... Musician
Derek Oldfield ... Musician
Richard Lee ... Musician
Michael Tubbs ... Musician
Martin Best ... Musician
Ted Valentine ... Attendant
Peter Gordon ... Attendant
Terence Greenidge ... Attendant
Christopher Bond ... Attendant
Robert Davis ... Attendant
David Ashford ... Attendant
Christopher Malcolm ... Attendant (as Chris Malcolm)
Don Henderson ... Attendant
Dallas Adams ... Attendant
Ray Callaghan ... Attendant
Heather Canning ... Attendant
Natalie Kent ... Attendant
Anna Volska ... Attendant
Katherine Stark ... Attendant
Lynn Moore ... Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Apache
Rick Luben

Miles Richardson ... Fairy (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Hall 
Writing credits
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William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Michael Birkett .... producer
Martin Ransohoff .... executive producer
Original Music by
Guy Woolfenden 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
Production Design by
John Bury 
Costume Design by
Ann Curtis 
Makeup Department
Alan Boyle .... makeup artist
Alan Boyle .... wigs
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Basil Appleby .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Dryhurst .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alan Kane .... boom operator
Bob Peck .... sound mixer
Nicholas Stevenson .... dubbing editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
David Farrell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Roberts .... head cutter/fitter
Editorial Department
Rex Pyke .... assistant editor
Music Department
Guy Woolfenden .... conductor

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124 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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This was one of the very few theatrical films nominated for an Emmy after being released to theatres in Europe. The same thing happened to Kenneth Branagh's version of As You Like It (2006).See more »
Lysander:The course of true love never did run smooth.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fond memory of childhood., 1 October 2003
Author: David Edward Martin from Greater Milwaukee

I only saw this during the single showing CBS gave it way back when. I had no idea what the play was about but as a Diana Rigg fan, I was curious what she had been up since abruptly leaving The Avengers. I only saw it on a 19' BW TV. I had no idea that some of the Faerie were green.... The things you learn at this site!

Decades later, looking at the cast list, I'm really eager for a chance to see this again! This is one of those productions where everyone was unknown then and famous now. I'm also curious about the relationship of CLARE DENCH and EMMA DENCH to the now-world-famous Judi Dench (I'm guessing nieces).

Postscript, April 2007-- Last November I finally got a chance to see this nearly-forgotten flick. The film quality is a bit off, with some noticeable color shifting. But what the heck! It's probably the only version available....

It's a very, very dated production. Hippolyta wears a classic mid-60s Mod outfit and some of the outfits struck me as very Hippie era. This may be the effect they wanted, a sort of psychedelic Shakespeare.

Oh man, what a cast! So many future stars a decade before they would finally hit it big-- Ian Holm, David Warner, Helen Mirren as an ingénue, Judi Dench in the nude?!?!?!

Hopefully the BBC saved the negative or at least a decent copy of this so that someday they release a decent copy of this.

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