Faerie Tale Theatre

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Faerie Tale Theatre is an American live-action fairytale fantasy anthology television series, consisting of 27 episodes, retelling 25 fairy tales, particularly tales by The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen plus the poem "The Pied Piper of... read more

Faerie Tale Theatre is an American live-action fairytale fantasy anthology television series, consisting of 27 episodes, retelling 25 fairy tales, particularly tales by The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen plus the poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and a special episode called "The Grimm's Party", showcasing the series cast and crew, that originally aired on Showtime from September 11, 1982 until November 14, 1987. Shelley Duvall, who created the series served as host and executive producer of the program alongside Bridget Terry and Fred Fuchs, and occasionally starred in, narrated episodes and also served as a voice artist for the animatronic Nightingale in episode The Nightingale. The series was directed by luminaries such as Francis Ford Coppola, Emile Ardolino and Tim Burton, and would feature numerous Hollywood stars; predominately of the period, in character roles. This was one of the first examples of cable original programming, alongside HBO's Fraggle Rock.

Original Release

09/11/1982 on SHO

Cast

Shelley Duvall Herself - Host
Bill Prudich Dancing Prince
Viveca Parker Musetta
Harry Benson The Grandfather Clock
Ellen Wakamatsu First Lady of the Court
Susan Haruye Second Lady of the Court
Juana Escobar Thai Dancer
Lynne Scott Purple Fairy
Gene Varrone Green Fairy
Billy Bryan The Hen Puppeteer
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Rip Van Winkle Monday, 23 March 1987
2 The Little Mermaid Monday, 06 April 1987
3 The Dancing Princesses Saturday, 14 November 1987
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Directors

Peter Medak, Mark Cullingham, Robert Iscove, Gilbert Cates, Graeme Clifford, Francis Ford Coppola, Tony Bill, James Frawley, Lamont Johnson, Nicholas Meyer, Eric Idle, Tim Burton, Roger Vadim, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Emile Ardolino, Howard Storm, Ivan Passer, Jeremy Kagan

Writers

Rod Ash, Mark Curtiss, Hans Christian Andersen, Maryedith Burrell, Robert C. Jones, David Wyles, Charles Perrault, Robert Browning, David Felton, Joan Micklin Silver, Nicholas Meyer, Eric Idle, Jules Feiffer, Bruce Franklin Singer, Anne Beatts, Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, Gerald Ayres, Patricia Resnick, Carlo Collodi, David Felton, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Mark Curtis

Cast

Shelley Duvall Herself - Host
Bill Prudich Dancing Prince
Viveca Parker Musetta
Harry Benson The Grandfather Clock
Ellen Wakamatsu First Lady of the Court
Susan Haruye Second Lady of the Court
Juana Escobar Thai Dancer
Lynne Scott Purple Fairy
Gene Varrone Green Fairy
Billy Bryan The Hen Puppeteer
Stan Wilson Jaques
Stan Wilson Swallow
Stewart Duvall Guard
Bonnie Jefferies Green Woman #1
Sandy Lenz Green Woman #2
Marcia Gobel Green Woman #3
Carinthia West Charlotte
Shawn Erler Boy on the Beach
Randy Allaire Dancing Prince
Smidget The World's Smallest Horse The Unicorn

Producers

Editors

Marco Zappia, Danny White, Arden Rynew, Murdo Laird

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