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Comedy of Errors, The

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the 1983 Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors. Directed by Adrian Noble with Zoe Wanamaker as Adriana and Henry Goodman as Dromio of Ephesus.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
4 Jan 1984
Duration
140 feet

Credits

Director
Adrian Noble
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nigel Hess
Production Design
Ultz
Cast
Peter McEneryAntipholus of Ephesus
Richard O’CallaghanAntipholus of Syracuse
Henry GoodmanDromio of Ephesus
Zoë WanamakerAdriana
Charles LawsonCitizen
Doyle RichmondCitizen
Emma WatsonCourtesan
Frankie CosgraveLuce
Geoffrey BeeversBalthasar
Jane BookerLuciana
John DicksDoctor Pinch
John DicksSolinus, Duke of Ephesus
Joseph O’ConorEgeon
Paul Clayton (2)Officer
Peter LennonCitizen
Raymond PlattMerchant of Ephesus
Selena Carey-JonesCitizen
Sheila BallantineEmilia
Simon TrevesCitizen
Stanley PageMerchant (Angelo’s creditor)
Timothy KightleyAngelo

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Comedy of Errors, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
At the start of the Stratford season John Dicks played Solinus and Dr Pinch, Peter McEnery played Antipholus of Ephesus and Emma Watson played the Courtezan. Later these parts were taken by Anthony O’Donnell, Miles Anderson and Tina Jones respectively.
General
"Set in the port of Ephesus, the merchant inhabitants flap about like a bunch of circus folk in oversized boots, striped tights and bowler hats. There is even a silly policeman on a bicycle. Ultz is the designer, and playfulness shades into fashionable originality in the case of Jane Booker’s Luciana, a frothy pink, tight-waisted doll with a stunning ice-cream cone hair-do. The two Dromios wear the statutory baggycheck pants and scarlet ping pong noses and the profusion of thumps and wallops is accompanied by appropriate percussive noises from the orchestra sunk into the centre of the stage." Rosalind Carne, The Guardian (11 August 1983).
History
Press night 9 August 1983
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Roger Warren, Shakespeare Quarterly 34 (1983), pp 451-60 (review-article).

Production Company

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 Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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