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: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

An opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten
Libretto after Shakespeare by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten
Cast in order of singing:
ORCHESTRA OF THE
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN
Leader, Charles Taylor
Conducted by Meredith Davies
Act 1
A wood outside Athens

Contributors

Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Peter Pears
Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Leader: Charles Taylor
Conducted By: Meredith Davies

: * EDUCATING HALF OURSELVES

G. H. BANTOCK offers a comment on the Robbins Report and the Reith Lectures. He considers that both fail to appreciate the cultural needs of a mass industrial society.
Second broadcast

Contributors

Unknown: G. H. Bantock

: * A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Act 2
The wood

: * SHAKESPEARE ON THE SCREEN

LAURENCE KITCHIN analyses the successes, and criticises the limitations, of attempts to adapt the plays of Shakespeare for the cinema and television

Contributors

Unknown: Laurence Kitchin

: * A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Act 3
The wood, early next morning, and (later) Theseus's palace
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

: MOTHER COMPLEX

A monologue for broadcasting by Tyrone Guthrie
As I told you, Mavis got him when she took her holidays that year going this cruise ... with BETTY HARDY
Produced by JOHN Gibson

Contributors

Broadcasting By: Tyrone Guthrie
Unknown: Betty Hardy
Produced By: John Gibson

: THE NEWS

: MARKET TRENDS

Today's overseas commodity and financial news. London Stock Market closing report

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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