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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 fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

Director:

Elijah Moshinsky

Writer:

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

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Genres:

Comedy

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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 »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

It has long been rumoured, but never confirmed, that in his portrayal of Peter Quince, Geoffrey Palmer was imitating the soon-to-retire Director General of the BBC, Ian Trethowan. See more »

Quotes

Helena: I am amazed and know not what to say.
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Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) See more »

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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.


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