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Comedy of Errors, The

Synopsis
A re-staging for television by Philip Casson of Trevor Nunn’s 1976 RSC stage production. Blends slapstick, song and dance to exuberant effect and popular acclaim. The production features music by composer Guy Woolfenden, who received an Olivier Award for Best New Musical for the show’s London production, and dance routines by Gillian Lynne; Francesca Annis won a BAFTA award for her role as Luciana.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Year of release
1978
Transmission details
18 Apr 1978 at 21:30 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Director
Philip Casson; Trevor Nunn
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Choreographer
Gillian Lynne
Cast
Mike GwilymAntipholus of Ephesus
Roger ReesAntipholus of Syracuse
Nickolas GraceDromio of Ephesus
Michael WilliamsDromio of Syracuse
Judi DenchAdriana
Barbara ShelleyCourtesan
Brian CoburnSolinus, Duke of Ephesus
Francesca AnnisLuciana
Griffith JonesEgeon
John NapierDesigner (RSC)
Marie KeanEmilia (Abbess)
Meg DaviesLuce
Norman TyrrellBalthasar
Paul BrookeAngelo
Richard GriffithOfficer
Robin EllisDoctor Pinch

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Historical period
1970s
Plays
Comedy of Errors, The
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Essential Shakespeare Live, The

Notes

Notes
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a typescript.
History
The production was recorded 31 January-5th February 1977
Awards
The stage production was the winner of the Society of West End Theatres’ award for Best Musical.

Production Company

Name

Precision Video

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Institute Library

Email
silib@bham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/shakespeare External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 293384
Fax
01879 292021
Address
Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HP

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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