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The Comedy of Errors (1983)

Aegeon of Syracuse has come to Ephesus to seek his son, who went in search of his missing twin and mother months ago. Unfortunately, Ephesus has just declared war on Syracuse, and will ... See full summary »

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Shakespeare's energetic comedy is laden with saucy pop culture, rap music, urban vibe: hoodies, trainers, skinny jeans, sunglasses, stilettos, bling and a touch of Jersey Shore. A deliciously convoluted travesty.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aegeon
... Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
Nicolas Chagrin ... Master of the Mime
Nick Burnell ... Mime Troupe Member
Graham Christopher ... Mime Troupe Member
Ross Davidson ... Mime Troupe Member
Howard Lee ... Mime Troupe Member
... Mime Troupe Member
Paul Springer ... Mime Troupe Member
Jenny Weston ... Mime Troupe Member
Bunny Reed ... Gaoler
... Antipholus of Ephesus / Antipholus of Syracuse
... Dromio of Ephesus / Dromio of Syracuse
Noel Johnson ... First Merchant
... Adriana
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Aegeon of Syracuse has come to Ephesus to seek his son, who went in search of his missing twin and mother months ago. Unfortunately, Ephesus has just declared war on Syracuse, and will instantly put to death any Syracusean found within their borders unless a ransom's paid. Meanwhile, the son, Antipholus, and his servant, Dromio (also an identical twin), keep running into strangers who seem to know them... Written by Kathy Li

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24 December 1983 (UK)  »

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors  »

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The entire production takes place on a stylised set, the floor of which is a giant map of the region, shown in its entirety in the opening and closing aerial shots; all of the main locations (the Porpentine, the Abbey, the Phoenix, the market etc.) are located in a circular pattern around the centre map. See more »

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Version of The Boys from Syracuse (1986) See more »

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Painful
15 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

To cast one Roger Daltrey may be regarded as a misfortune. To cast two looks like carelessness.

This is a woefully clunky piece of film-making, and its biggest mistake is to use sophisticated special effects (sorry, awkward split-screen work) so that the same actors can play both identical twins. The BBC series is always over-literal in its interpretations, and this is a classic example; when the two Roger Daltreys and the two Michael Kitchens are identical to the point of pristine perfection, the story is actually made even less realistic than it was before. And it's also made less interesting; the actors don't play each twin as having a different personality, so it's difficult to tell who is who, and even more difficult to care. (Quite apart from the fact that Daltrey can't act...)

Unintentional humour: check out the under-rehearsed actors who attempt to mime Egeon's story of his travels. It's really funny in a painful kind of way.


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