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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981)

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Movie 13 December 1981
The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and their interactions with fairy inhabitants come to light in a moonlit forest.

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Estelle Kohler ...
Hippolyta
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Theseus
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Philostrate
Geoffrey Lumsden ...
Egeus
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Hermia
Nicky Henson ...
Demetrius
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Lysander
Cherith Mellor ...
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Quince
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John Fowler ...
Flute
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Starveling
Nat Jackley ...
Snout
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Snug
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Puck
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The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and their interactions with fairy inhabitants come to light in a moonlit forest.

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream  »

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Jonathan Miller originally planned on directing this episode himself, with fairies inspired by the work of Inigo Jones and Hieronymus Bosch, but he ultimately directed Timon of Athens (1981) instead, after original director Michael Bogdanov quit that production. See more »

Quotes

Helena: I am amazed and know not what to say.
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5 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this production as a teen on PBS one night and have never forgotten it. I'm not particularly a Shakespeare buff but this production gave me a serious soft spot for "Dream" and I've seen several productions of it. This one puts the rest to shame. This is perhaps the most palatable of the Bard's works and the staging and direction make it even more embraceable but do not dumb it down. A taste of this and you may well find yourself going out of your way to rent "Hamlet", "Othello" (or Lord help you) "Titus" (no, can't honestly recommend that one although Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming all performed wonderfully).


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