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A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Joan Kemp-Welch

Writers:

George Rylands (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Allen ... Theseus
Eira Heath Eira Heath ... Hippolyta
Cyril Luckham ... Egeus
Tony Bateman Tony Bateman ... Philostrate
Jill Bennett ... Helena
John Fraser ... Lysander
Clifford Elkin Clifford Elkin ... Demetrius
Maureen Beck Maureen Beck ... Hermia
Anna Massey ... Titania
Peter Wyngarde ... Oberon
Tony Tanner Tony Tanner ... Puck
Kay Frazer Kay Frazer ... Fairy
Peter Church Peter Church ... Peaseblossom
Michael Newport ... Mustardseed
Stanley Thomas Stanley Thomas ... Moth
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Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the kingdom of fairies have a slight quarrel about whether or not the boy Titania is raising will join Titania's band or Oberon's, so Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they're not alone in that forest. Lysander and Hermina have there a rendezvous, Helena and Demetrius are there, too as well as some actors, who are practicing a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some misunderstandings by Puck, the whole thing becomes a little bit confused... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Ein Sommernachtstraum (1964) See more »

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A BBC live performance with both Peter Wyngarde and Benny Hill - quite good
4 March 2005 | by tpbxSee all my reviews

One does not usually associate Benny Hill with Shakespeare, but not only does he appear, but does a very creditable job of playing Bottom. This is one of those cases where one has a chance of seeing a performer out of what seems to be their normal role, and in this case it works quite well. Appearing quite within what would seem a normal role, is Peter Wyngarde as Oberon. He is up to his usual standard of excellence, as is many of the performers in the play. The real limits of the performance are mainly those caused by being a live Telecast from 1964. If you can find this at all, it will probably be at your main library. Whether or not it is worthy of adding to a collection, it is certainly worth seeing at least once.


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