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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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Genres:

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 Midsummer Night's Dream (1969) See more »

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Benny Hill's High Point
3 September 2000 | by W.B.See all my reviews

Benny Hill was, in my opinion, to British television what Jackie Gleason and Milton Berle were to American television. But there is one fundamental difference between Mr. Hill and the aforementioned American comics, and it could be summed up in one word: Shakespeare. Mr. Gleason often talked about doing a TV production of "Hamlet," in which he would get to spout off the famous "To be, or not to be" line. But Mr. Hill actually DID a TV production of a Shakespeare play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in which he played Bottom. He more than held his own amongst all the fine players who surrounded him. It is only a shame that in the twenty-eight years left of his life, he never did anything that came close to such true artistry.


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