The Beatles perform a spoof of Act V Scene I of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" for the television special “Around The Beatles” taped in Rediffusion’s Wembley Studios, London, on 28th April 1964. John Lennon took the female role of Thisbe, Paul McCartney played Pyramus, George Harrison was Moonshine and Ringo Starr played Lion.
TECHNICALLY John didn’t play the “female” part since this scene in Midsummer is the play-within-a-play, where the mechanicals perform the play Pyramus and Thisbe. John is actually Francis Flute who plays Thisbe, whom earlier in the play complains about having to do drag since he was trying to grow a beard. As far as the other characters, Paul is Nick Bottom who plays Pyramus, George is Robin Starveling who plays Moonshine, and Ringo is Snug the joiner who plays Lion