The leading female roles were played by:
- Judi Dench as Titania the Fairy Queen, in blueface and barely clad;
- Helen Mirren as Hermia, a lovestruck 1960s flower child and not at all queenly;
- Diana Rigg as Helena, as dashing and self-possessed as ever.
- Ian Richardson as Oberon the Fairy King, a Francis Urquhart in blueface and loincloth;
- David Warner as Lysander, somewhat unearthly, as in his many sci-fi roles;
- Michael Jayston as Demetrius, a bit understated, like his subsequent career;
- Ian Holm as Puck, overacting, in sharp contrast to his roles in The Lord of the Rings (2001), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), or Game, Set, and Match (1988).
THESEUS I wonder if the lion be to speak.
DEMETRIUS No wonder, my lord: one lion may, when many asses do.