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Comedy of Errors, The

Synopsis
A televised ‘operatic’ production of the play by Lionel Harris with music composed by Julian Slade and James Turner.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
16 May 1954 at 21:02 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
84 mins
Availability
Unavailable

Credits

Producer
Lionel Harris
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
James Turner; Julian Slade
Art Direction
James Bould
Contributor
Eric Robinson; Robert McNab
Cast
David PoolAntipholus of Ephesus
Paul HansardAntipholus of Syracuse
James CairncrossDromio of Ephesus
James CairncrossDromio of Syracuse
Joan PlowrightAdriana
David BirdAngelo
Esther LawrenceCourtesan
Esther LawrenceLuce
Esther LawrenceNun
Gerald CrossDoctor Pinch
Gerald CrossSolinus, Duke of Ephesus
Jane WenhamLuciana
Lally BowersAemilia (Emilia)
Richard VernonEgeon

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Victorian
Plays
Comedy of Errors, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles

Notes

Notes
In the manner of an operetta, scenes of dialogue in this production of the play were alternated with songs. According to The Times reviewer, "The imagination in this production lay rather in the original conception than in the performance".

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a typescript.
General
Production cost: £1.943 (BBC Play Library)
Cast: 21
History
The production was transmitted again 20 May 1954.
Reviews
"'The Comedy of Errors’ as an Operetta: Television Performances," The Times 18 May 1954, p.10

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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