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The Royal Shakespeare Company production for CBS-TV, 1969

The Royal Shakespeare Company production for CBS-TV, 1969

It was the first live-action color film version of the play, unless one counts the 1967 film version of the New York City Ballet George Balanchine adaptation.

It stars Derek Godfrey as Theseus, Barbara Jefford as Hippolyta, Diana Rigg as Helena, Helen Mirren as Hermia, Ian Holm as Puck, Ian Richardson as King Oberon, Judi Dench as Queen Titania, and Paul Rogers as Bottom, as well as other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The film premiered in theatres in Europe in September 1968. In the U.S., it was sold directly to television rather than playing in theatres, and premiered as a Sunday evening special, on the night of February 9, 1969. It was shown on CBS.

Link to the full text and information source: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Midsummer_Night's_Dream_(1968_film)

Image Source: Circulating Collection, Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Subject: "Midsummer Night's Dream" -- Shakespeare.

Original source: Frank Goodman associates, New York, NY, May 21, 1969.


 

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