The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

directed by Graham Buchanan

Performed at the

Theatre Royal, Winchester

18th & 19th April 1980

And at the

Nuffield Theatre

21st to 26th April 1980

To commemerate Shakespeare's birthday a special performance of an anthology "No Holds Bard" was given as a late night show AFTER the performance of "A Comedy of Errors" on the evening of Wednesday 23rdApril. It was directed by Ken Spencer. There is no record of who the readers were.

The Players
Solinus Douglas Coates
Egeon, A merchant of Syracuse David Pike
Emelia, Lady Abbess and Egeon's wife Mollie Manns
Antipholus of Ephesus
Antipholus of Syracuse
(twin brothers, sons of Emelia and Egeon)
Jim Smith
John Appleton
Dromio of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse
(twin brothers, bondsmen to the Antipholus twins)
Pete White
Brian Stansbridge
Adriana, Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus Jenny McConnell
Luciana, her sister Belinda Drew
Nell, Adriana's kitchen maid Chris Baker
Balthazar, a merchant Tony Lawther
Angelo, a goldsmith Derek Sealy
Doctor Pinch Ken Spencer
First Merchant Geoff Wharam
Second Merchant Brian Whitaker
An Officer Ken Hann
A Courtesan Avril Woodward
A Messenger Lawrence Till
Gaoler Tony Lawther
Acolytes Meri Lawther, Janet Courtice
For the Maskers:  
The Director Graham Buchanan
Stage Manager Keith Hooper
Lighting Joy Wingfield, Ivan White
Sound Ron Tillyer
Properties Shiela Clark
Wardrobe Lillian Gunstone, Chris Baker, Ann Brookes, Audrey Whitaker
Set construction and painting Alan Baker, John Riggs, John Doherty, Ken Spencer, Julia Patterson
Publicity Gill Roberts

The Southampton Echo said:

The modern farce has nothing on Shakespeare. His "Comedy of Errors" is jam-packed with wit and cracks, most of them just as funny now as they were four centuries ago. The Maskers manage commendably to bring out the best of this situation comedy in their performance at the Nuffield Theatre this week. They strur and fret about the stage, throwing themselves from quip to crack, and whipping themselves to a frenzy in the tortuous series of events.

The basis of the plot is that twin brothers and twin servants are accidentally separated at birth. The action takes place 33 years later when, again by accident, they are reunited. The stuff of the play is the jumble of mistaken identities that thereby arise, totally implausible but perfect material for the comic actor. The two Dromios, twin servants, control the comedy best as two Shakespearian fools and the amazing physical resemblance of Pete White and Brian Stansbridge fooled me more than once.

Graham Buchanan's production is a highly polished and pleasing one. A special word of praise should go to the designers of the masks (Ann Archer and Belinda Drew), and of the stage clock (Ken Spencer).


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Derek Sealy & Brian Whitaker
Belinda Drew
Ken Spencer
Jim Smith & John Appleton

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