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The Comedy of Errors (1989)

| Comedy | TV Movie
Two identical twins and their two servants (also identical twins) are separated in a ship-wreck. When, years later, they all show up in the same town, mistaken identities abound.

Director:

Richard Monette

Writers:

Titus Maccius Plautus (play), William Shakespeare (play)
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Credited cast:
Geordie Johnson Geordie Johnson ... Antipholus of Ephesus / Antipholus of Syracuse
Keith Dinicol ... Dromio of Ephesus / Dromio of Syracuse
Nicholas Pennell Nicholas Pennell ... Aegeon
James Blendick James Blendick ... Duke of Ephesus
Douglas Chamberlain Douglas Chamberlain ... Angelo / Second Goth
Lucy Peacock ... Luciana
Andrew Jackson ... Balthazar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Chioran ... Spanish Merchant
Michael Hanrahan ... Officer
Susan Henley Susan Henley ... Courtesan
Kate Hennig Kate Hennig ... Luce
Hubert Kelly Hubert Kelly ... Gaoler
Goldie Semple Goldie Semple ... Adriana
Joseph Shaw Joseph Shaw ... Pinch
Wenna Shaw Wenna Shaw ... Aemilia
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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...

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Canada

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Shakespeare done Right
21 January 2013 | by AWaite4See all my reviews

This is a capture of the play done by the immortal Stratford Shakespeare festival group. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation filmed each year's performances and ran them on TV, for many successive years. This one is in the Festival Theatre, which is barely large enough for the large cast and many scene-changes. In fact, the lights going down while the Jawas move furniture and sets, creates a second 'story' to watch. Done very cleverly, and with just enough levity and charm to carry through the paper-thin plot. It's quite a workout for the lead actors, and some of the lines end up shouted-out breathlessly rather than with proper control, but this also adds to the audience involvement.


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