Hedydd Dylan, who currently plays Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors, is leaving the company to have a baby at the end of November.

Naomi Sheldon will join The Comedy of Errors company to play the role of Adrianna on tour and at the Barbican this winter. Hedydd and Naomi will share the role of Adrianna whilst the production is on tour, when Naomi will take over permanently for the show’s run at the Barbican.

Naomi Sheldon headshot
Naomi Sheldon.

When Hedydd originally told Director Phillip Breen she was pregnant, he worked it into the show, adding a fascinating extra dimension to Hedydd's character, Adrianna. Naomi will continue to play Adrianna as a mother-to be.

Naomi says: “I’m thrilled to be returning to the RSC and honoured to be sharing the role with Hedydd Dylan.

"Playing Adriana as pregnant not only has personal poignancy for me as a new mother of twins, but also adds new complexity and comedy to the role which this production explores so richly.

"I’m delighted to be job sharing with a mother-to-be, and this way of working feels very hopeful for working mothers in this industry. The company have been hugely welcoming and I can’t wait to get started on tour, before heading to the Barbican this winter.”

Naomi and Hedydd will job share the role of Adrianna for performances at Nottingham's Theatre Royal, Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

When the show transfers to the Barbican in November Naomi will take over the role permanently, to the end of the run on 31 December.

A pregnant woman brandishing a shoe with a threatening look
Hedydd Dylan as Adrianna.
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