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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.

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Brian Coburn ...
The Duke
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Mike Gwilym ...
Michael Williams ...
Nickolas Grace ...
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Adriana
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Angelo
Norman Tyrrell ...
Balthasar
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Courtesan
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Marie Kean ...
Aemelia
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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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La comedia de las equivocaciones  »

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interesting musical
25 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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