L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vivien Leigh as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Old Vic, 1937

The 1937 Christmas production was directed by Tyrone Guthrie, with sets and costumes by Oliver Messel. Shakespeare's play was presented as an affectionate Victorian pastiche, and included large choruses of muslin-clad fairies flying in on wires. Mendelssohn's famous incidental music was much in evidence, with choreography by Ninette de Valois. Vivien Leigh's Oberon was played by Robert Helpmann, Ralph Richardson played Bottom, and Gordon Miller, Puck.


Titania's fairy crown, designed by Oliver Messel and worn by Vivien Leigh.


  1. My Granny is the lady on the left in the third picture - Janet Jack.

    Thanks for finding these photos - we hadn't found any of her and Vivien before!

    1. Isn't that wonderful! Thanks for letting me know. : )