The Comedy of Errors DVD
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Directed by Philip Casson
Produced in 1978
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Contemporary Comedy • Contemporary Drama • Contemporary Period, Costume, Historical Film • Contemporary British Film • Comedy Television • Television Drama • Period, Costume & Historical Television • British Television • Comedy Drama • Stage • Contemporary British Film
Nunn’s legendary RSC song and dance version of Shakespeare's ribald comedy stars the actors of the RSC at the top of their game, says Alexander Ballinger.
Thankfully for theatre fans, Trevor Nunn’s legendary RSC song 'n' dance version of The Comedy of Errors was filmed by Granada Television in the Seventies. Frustratingly it has only been intermittently available since its television debut, but now timed perfectly for the start of the World Shakespeare Festival, it takes its DVD bow.
Sporting a fabulous cast, it stars Judi Dench as the jealous noblewoman Luciana, who becomes embroiled in a series of comic misadventures when she mistakes (or chooses to believe) her husband’s long-lost twin brother to be her errant spouse. Playing the twin brothers are Roger Rees and Mike Gwilym, whose charm and duplicity respectively allow the audience to suspend their disbelief. Rounding up the principal players are Nickolas Grace and Michael Williams, the brothers’ clownish twin attendants who also can’t tell one master from each other…
With its surreal mix of 1930s costume and Seventies Greek package holiday colour replacing classical Ephesus, Comedy dishes out a dazzling panoply of ribald comedy and show-stopping numbers from a company of Shakespearean actors at the top of their game.
Alexander Ballinger on 8th May 2012
Author of 33 reviews
Shakespeare's comedy of two sets of identical twins separated in a shipwreck features a wonderful RSC cast in a production directed by Trevor Nunn, which also features some show-stopping songs. Roger Rees, Mike Gwilym, Michael Williams and Nickolas Grace play the twins, while Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Francesca Annis and Richard Griffiths also star.
Length: 130 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 28th May 2012
Cat No: 7953661