Tim Supple production 1996

The Comedy of Errors (1996) Dromio of Syracuse (Dan Milne) meeting Dromio of Ephesus (Eric Mallett). Photo: Malcolm Davies Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The RSC's 1996 production of The Comedy of Errors was directed by Tim Supple and toured around England and internationally, before transferring to the Young Vic in London.

In contrast to many other productions of Comedy, which have been packed with energetic circus routines, pantomine-style farce or Carry On-style humour, this production was described as thoughtful and sombre. As the audience entered, Aegeon was already on-stage, chained to a wall.

The set, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, was a stark brick wall with one double door which functioned as the doorway for every encounter: from shops and brothels, to Adriana's house and the abbey.

More atmosphere was provided by Adrian Lee's Arabian-influenced score, created with an assortment of unusual instruments and providing a near-constant soundtrack.

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Review: The Comedy of Errors
Paul Taylor, The Independent, 5 July 1996

The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink guide to scoring Shakespeare
Article about Adrian Lee's work as composer on this production.
Martin Gordon, The Independent, 3 July 1996


Photo shows Dromio of Syracuse (Dan Milne) meeting Dromio of Ephesus (Eric Mallett) in the RSC's 1996 production of The Comedy of Errors.
Photo: Malcolm Davies Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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