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Comedy of Errors, The

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1990 production of The Comedy of Errors. Directed by Ian Judge with Desmond Barrit doubling as the Antipholus twins.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
10 Aug 1991
Duration
135 mins

Credits

Director
Ian Judge
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nigel Hess
Production Design
Mark Thompson
Cast
Desmond BarritAntipholus of Ephesus
Desmond BarritAntipholus of Syracuse
Graham Turner (1)Dromio of Ephesus
Graham Turner (1)Dromio of Syracuse
Estelle KohlerAdriana
Andrew HavillMerchant
Anthony SkordiEphesian
Bernard WrightMerchant
Caroline LoncqLuciana
Catherine WhiteEphesian
Cherry MorrisEmilia
David KillickSolinus, Duke of Ephesus
David KillickDoctor Pinch
David WallerEgeon
Hannah LangleyEphesian
Ian EmbletonDoppelganger
John BottBalthasar
John HodgkinsonOfficer
Marston BloomEphesian
Penny JonesEphesian
Polly KempEphesian
Raymond BowersAngelo
Ross HarveyDoppelganger
Stephanie KnottEphesian
Stephen CaseyEphesian
Stephen CaseyMessenger
Toni PalmerCourtesan

Additional Details

Theatre
Barbican Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Comedy of Errors, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles

Notes

Notes
A recording was also made at the Barbican 13 January 1993.
General
`Mark Thompson’s astonishing set - a chequerboard hallway surrounded by doors through which characters burst Keystone Cops-style - recalls Alice in Wonderland, Magritte and de Chirico. Walls melt into brilliant sky; the merchants of Ephesus are bowler-hatted clones in secondary-coloured suits; outsize golden guild signs hang in mid-air with the irony of Jeff Koons sculptures." Claire Monk, What’s On (6 January 1993).
History
Press night 25 April 1990. The production transferred to the Barbican. In 1992 it was revived and went on tour.
Awards
Desmond Barrit won an Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for his roles as the Antipholus twins. Mark Thompson won the Award for Best Set Design.
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
Ranald, Margaret Loftus. Shakespeare Bulletin no. 1 (1991), pp15-16.

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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