" with Shakespeare himself taking part in the action.Branagh's film turns Love's Labour's Lost into a romantic Hollywood musical.
Laurie would go on to co-star with Olivier in the three Shakespearean films that Olivier directed.
In a 2015 retrospective for The Guardian, theatre critic Michael Billington praised Redgrave as having "the ability to give a performance [as Rosalind] that becomes a gold-standard for future generations".
In this version, a group of school children are attending a puppet performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream when they are drawn into the story and become the characters, dressed in Elizabethan costumes.
The film, inspired by the play, prominently features a modern interpretation of the play put on in a private high school in a small town.
Recorded at Glamis Castle in Scotland, this was one of only two productions shot on location, the other being The Famous History of the Life of Henry the Eight.
However, the location shooting received a lukewarm response from both critics and the BBC's own people, with the general consensus being that the natural world in the episode overwhelmed the actors and the story.
Set and costume design evoke the Europe of 1939; the music (classic Broadway songs of the 1930s) and newsreel-style footage are also chief period details. The company hired the complete stage cast of the play and filmed at Walthamstow Studios using largely natural light.
The film marked the screen debut of Matheson Lang who went on to become one of the leading British actors of the 1920s.
Olivier's first performance of Shakespeare on screen.
It was also the final film of stage actors Leon Quartermaine and Henry Ainley, and featured an early screen role for Ainley's son Richard as Sylvius, as well as for John Laurie, who played Orlando's brother Oliver.
Additionally, this musical's lyrics are largely based on Shakespeare's original text.