Trevor Nunn production 1976

The Comedy of Errors (1976) Dromio of Syracuse (Michael Williams) and Dromio of Ephesus (Nickolas Grace). Photo: Joe Cocks Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This stylish and colourful production of Shakespeare's comedy was a musical, with songs written by director Trevor Nunn and composed by Guy Woolfenden. The production transferred to the Aldwych Theatre in London, and won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1977.

Critics loved the originality and the strong cast which included Roger Rees, Judi Dench and Richard Griffiths. The comedy of the text was boldly brought to life with polished slapstick and routines involving circus skills.

The set design was lavish and complex, with most of the action taking place in the Ephesus market-place which resembled a modern holiday resort, complete with pushy salesmen and shops jam-packed with tacky souvenirs.

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This production was filmed - a few extracts are available online, although it is not currently commercially available.
Try searching YouTube for 'rsc comedy of errors 1976'.

Photo shows Dromio of Syracuse (Michael Williams, left) and Dromio of Ephesus (Nickolas Grace) meeting in Ephesus, in the RSC's 1976 production of The Comedy of Errors.
Photo: Joe Cocks Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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