6.9/10
233
15 user 2 critic

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981)

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

Director:

Elijah Moshinsky

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Comedy of Errors (TV Movie 1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Aegeon of Syracuse has come to Ephesus to seek his son, who went in search of his missing twin and mother months ago. Unfortunately, Ephesus has just declared war on Syracuse, and will ... See full summary »

Director: James Cellan Jones
Stars: Cyril Cusack, Charles Gray, Nicolas Chagrin
King Lear (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: John Shrapnel, Norman Rodway, Michael Kitchen
Othello (TV Movie 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A general becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Geoffrey Chater
The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: John Franklyn-Robbins, John Rhys-Davies, Alan David
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby
Hussy (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Beaty is a prostitute working out of a high-class London cabaret where Emory is a technician. They begin an affair encumbered by her job, his lack of money, and their pasts: Beaty has a ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Chapman
Stars: Helen Mirren, John Shea, Paul Angelis
The Winter's Tale (TV Movie 1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell
Stars: John Welsh, David Burke, Robert Stephens
As You Like It (TV Movie 1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

Director: Basil Coleman
Stars: Helen Mirren, Brian Stirner, Richard Pasco
Drama | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Man is haunted by a murder he's committed.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Edward Arnold, Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh
Titus Andronicus (TV Movie 1985)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Roman warrior Titus Andronicus finds himself trapped in a nightmarish cycle of vengeance, misery, and bloodshed.

Director: Jane Howell
Stars: Paul Davies Prowles, Edward Hardwicke, Walter Brown
Cymbeline (TV Movie 1982)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Cymbeline, the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen has chosen a poor (but worthy) man for her husband. So he banishes Posthumus, who goes to fight for Rome. Imogen (dressed ... See full summary »

Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Stars: Richard Johnson, Michael Pennington, Claire Bloom
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Estelle Kohler Estelle Kohler ... Hippolyta
Nigel Davenport ... Theseus
Hugh Quarshie ... Philostrate
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ... Egeus
Pippa Guard ... Hermia
Nicky Henson ... Demetrius
Robert Lindsay ... Lysander
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ... Helena
Geoffrey Palmer ... Quince
Brian Glover ... Bottom
John Fowler John Fowler ... Flute
Don Estelle ... Starveling
Nat Jackley Nat Jackley ... Snout
Ray Mort ... Snug
Phil Daniels ... Puck
Edit

Storyline

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fantastic, but seldom seen
12 December 2004 | by artzauSee all my reviews

This little viewed BBC event is certainly worth watching if you're a Shakespeare fan. I certainly am and A Midsummer's Night Dream (or, as us buffs call it, "The Dream") is certainly one of my favorites. Most of the cast will be not well known to those outside of the ranks of the fans of British theatre and indeed, Helen Mirren, always a delight, may well be the only name that stands out.

There have been many versions of this play presented in both as films to be shown in theaters and as films made-for-TV. The rewarding feature of British theater is that seemingly, no matter what the venue for showing the performance, the acting is nearly always up to the highest mark of stage standards.

There is no DVD or Video of which I am aware but, if this little romp crosses your screen, be sure to check it out. It's delightful and fun.


9 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed