The Tempest (1939a)

UK, 5 February
broadcast live, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

A British fantasy television play. It was broadcast live and never recorded. A second version of the same production was broadcast on 8 February 1939.

Plot Summary

Prospero lives in exile with his daughter Miranda on a remote island. Prospero uses his magic powers to shipwreck his hated brother and sets in motion a chain of events that will change everyone's lives.


Production by: Dallas Bower
Play: William Shakespeare
Incidental Music by: Sibelius
Arranged by: Hyam Greenbaum
The BBC Television Orchestra, leader Boris Pecker
Conductor: Hyam Greenbaum
Decor by: Malcolm Baker-Smith
London Ballet Directed by: Antony Tudor
Stage Managers: E. Boseley, R. Price

Alan Wheatley (Alonso)
Oliver Burt (Sebastian)
John Abbott (Prospero)
Basil C. Langton (Antonio)
Richard Ainley (Ferdinand)
John Turnbull (Gonzalo)
Stuart Latham (Adrian)
Graham Payn (Francisco)
George Devine (Caliban)
Richard Goolden (Trinculo)
Charles Farrell (Stephano)
Dennis Price (ship's master)
Erik Chitty (boatswain)
Peggy Ashcroft (Miranda)
Stephen Haggard (Ariel)
Vera Lindsay (Iris)
Members of the London Ballet



  • Radio Times no.801 (5-11 February 1939) – credits


  • Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer p.283 – credits, note