Paul Hunter production 2010 (YPS)

The Comedy of Errors YPS (2010) Dharmesh Patel as the Cook. Photo by Hugo Glendinning © RSC

This distilled version of The Comedy of Errors was specially created for schools and family audiences in association with acclaimed theatre company, Told by an Idiot.

To the delight of thousands of children in the audiences, Shakespeare's funny story was matched with equal visual humour in the costumes and props, which included over-sized false noses and bosoms made of footballs.

Director Paul Hunter was keen to use any musical skills the actors had, no matter how rusty. Members of the cast swapped roles regularly, moving 'off-stage' to accompany a scene on an instrument, and vice versa. Especially memorable characters were the tap-dancing Abbess and spoons-playing Antipholus twins.

The production played at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and toured to schools in Warwickshire, the North East and London, before being performed in New York alongside the RSC repertoire at the Lincoln Center in 2011.

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This production of The Comedy of Errors formed one of the two productions (alongside Hamlet) at the heart of our Education department's Young People's Shakespeare Week in 2010, when thousands of young people took over the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Read more about this production in the following reviews and articles:

'I doubt that you could see it without feeling Shakespeare is your contemporary, whether you are nine or 99.'
Lyn Gardner, Guardian
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'The Comedy of Errors is one of those plays that always seems to bring the best out of the RSC, and Paul Hunter's revival is no exception. There's an improvised, commedia dell'arte feel to it that is absolutely right for the play, and the nine and ten year-olds of White Hall Junior School were enchanted'
Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage
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'Those who say Shakespeare is too difficult for children should hang their heads in shame. He is a passport to new countries of the heart and of the imagination and everyone should have access to him'
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
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Shakespeare comedy tours schools and delights youngsters
Diane Parkes, Birmingham Mail

Photo by Hugo Glendinning shows Dharmesh Patel as the Cook in the RSC YPS production of The Comedy of Errors in 2010 © RSC

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