BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 21

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Aired Unknown Dec 13, 1981 on BBC Two
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Elijah Moshinsky directs BBC Television Shakespeare's adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring Helen Mirren as Titania, queen of the fairies, and Peter McEnery as Oberon, king of the fairies. As Theseus, the Duke of Athens, prepares to marry Hippolyta, four young lovers sneak into the forest. When Oberon's servant Puck applies a love potion to the wrong man, the confusion threatens to tear all the couples apart.moreless

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    Estelle Kohler

    Estelle Kohler

    Hippolyta

    Guest Star

    Nigel Davenport

    Nigel Davenport

    Theseus

    Guest Star

    Hugh Quarshie

    Hugh Quarshie

    Philostrate

    Guest Star

    Robert Lindsay

    Robert Lindsay

    Lysander

    Recurring Role

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      • Oberon:
        Since once I sat upon a promontory,
        And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
        Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
        That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
        And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
        To hear the sea-maid's music.

      • Lysander: The course of true love never did run smooth.


      • Theseus: Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
        Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
        More than cool reason ever comprehends.
        The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
        Are of imagination all compact.
        One sees more devils than vast hell can hold;
        That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic,
        Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt,
        The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
        Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven,
        And as imagination bodies forth
        The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
        Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
        A local habitation and a name.

        Helena:
        Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
        And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.

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