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The Comedy of Errors (1978)

The Royal Shakespeare Company act (and sing and dance!) Shakespeare's play about two sets of identical twins, separated at birth and brought together by circumstance.

Director:

Philip Casson

Writers:

Trevor Nunn (conceived for television by), Titus Maccius Plautus (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... The Duke
Griffith Jones ... Aegeon
Roger Rees ... Antipholus of Syracuse
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ... Antipholus of Ephesus
Michael Williams ... Dromio of Syracuse
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Dromio of Ephesus
Judi Dench ... Adriana
Francesca Annis ... Luciana
Paul Brooke ... Angelo
Norman Tyrrell Norman Tyrrell ... Balthasar
Barbara Shelley ... Courtesan
Robin Ellis ... Dr. Pinch
Marie Kean ... Aemelia
Richard Griffiths ... Officer
Jacob Witkin Jacob Witkin ... Porpentine Proprieter
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The Royal Shakespeare Company act (and sing and dance!) Shakespeare's play about two sets of identical twins, separated at birth and brought together by circumstance. Written by Kathy Li

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La comedia de las equivocaciones See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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interesting musical
25 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

I believe this was largely the work of Trevor Nunn, he who contributed the song 'Memory' to the musical production of TS Eliot's 'Cats', although the songs here aren't to the same standard. Guy Woolfenden of the RSC, who worked with the actors and got them to sing, has also written about certain problems with some of the cast - however, what we have here is essentially a fairly good production of the Shakespeare play, filmed with an audience (with irritating cuts to and from them), and with a few songs added.

Roger Rees and Mike Gwilym, and Michael Williams and Nickolas Grace, play the two sets of twins, and are all good. Judi Dench, Francesca Annis, Griffith Jones, etc., also appear. It moves along nicely although it looks done on the cheap and the musical bits are generally poor. Then again, perhaps the musical bits allow additional interest to what can come out as quite a dull play by Shakespearian standards.


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