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Casting details are announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2021 summer outdoor production of The Comedy of Errors which runs between 13 July – 26 September in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.  This specially constructed outdoor performance space is located in the Swan Theatre Gardens, flanked by the River Avon and overlooked by the Swan Theatre. 

After its run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the production will then go on tour and perform indoors  at The Theatre Royal, Nottingham (22-24 October), The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (27-30 October), and the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (2-6 November), with London plans to be confirmed. These are three of twelve regional theatres with which the RSC works in long term, year-round partnership with local schools and adult community groups.

The production, directed by Phillip Breen, was due to be part of the RSC’s 2020 season, but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 17-strong cast includes members of the original acting company, with several roles recast.  The 2021 production of The Comedy of Errors is sponsored by Darwin Escapes. 

A father ends up in the wrong country on the wrong day as a government makes hasty proclamations about travel.  A lonely son, while searching for his brother, loses himself.  Across town a wife starts to realise her husband is not the man she thought he was (but rather likes it). Will anything ever be the same again?

Director Phillip Breen says: “When we first conceived of this Comedy of Errors back in 2019, we had no idea that the production would welcome the RSC’s audience back from a global pandemic. But this play of family reunions - people finding each other once again, people holding each other at sunset - seems entirely apt for this moment, and we can’t wait to get back to work with this fabulous company of actors; with this old play on a new stage for this very new world. I’m also delighted that later in the year we will be taking our outdoor production inside when we visit theatres in Nottingham, Canterbury and Bradford.”

Jonathan Broadbent and Greg Haiste retain their roles as, respectively, Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, whilst Hedydd Dylan (Adrianna), Guy Lewis (Antipholus of Syracuse) and Rowan Polonski (Antipholus of Ephesus) join the company.  Original cast member Avita Jay will now play Luciana.

Jonathan Broadbent plays Dromio of Syracuse. His previous RSC credits include The TempestQueen Anne and Love for Love. Other theatre credits include Henry VI Parts I,II and IIIRichard IIIHenry IV Parts I and II and Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible); and My Night with Reg (Donmar Warehouse/Apollo Theatre). Jonathan’s screen credits include The Crown, Silent Witness, EastEnders, and Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptations of The Magic Flute and As You Like It.

Hedydd Dylan plays Adrianna. Previous RSC credits include Oppenheimer, The Shoemaker’s Holiday and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre credits include: Bartholomew Fair and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe), Mother Courage (Headlong/Manchester Royal Exchange) and The Cherry Orchard (Sherman Theatre). TV credits include: Emmerdale, Bang, Hinterland and Pobol Y Cwm.

Greg Haiste will make his RSC debut as Dromio of Ephesus.  His numerous theatre credits include Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre/Noël Coward Theatre); Richard II and Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe/Apollo Theatre); 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre); and The Lady in the Van, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hamlet and The Accrington Pals (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His TV credits include Pennyworth, Timewasters, Heartbeat, Jane Hall and Emmerdale, whilst film credits include The Current War, The Time of Our Lives and Starfish.

Avita Jay plays Luciana. Her previous RSC credits include The Winter’s Tale. Other theatre credits include The Lovely Bones (Birmingham Rep); Billionaire Boy (NST Theatre/UK Tour); The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal); and The Jungle Book (National Tour).  TV work includes Emmerdale, Silent Witness and Coronation Street.

Guy Lewis makes his RSC debut playing Antipholus of Syracuse.  Theatre credits include: The Butterfly Lion (Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre); Goodnight Mr Tom (Duke of York’s); Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Pygmalion, Measure for Measure and Hamlet (Clwyd Theatr, Cymru); and Hamlet and The Canterbury Tales (Northern Broadsides/New Vic). TV credits include Torchwood and Casualty.

Rowan Polonski plays Antipholus of Ephesus.  Other RSC credits include The Hypocrite (RSC/Hull Truck); The Omission of the Family Coleman, Shakespeare in Love (Theatre Royal Bath); Cockamamy (Hope Theatre, Islington); Desert Rats (Arts Theatre) and Another Country (Trafalgar Studios).  TV works includes Doctor Who and Otherworld.

The cast also includes: Toyin Ayedun-Alase (Courtesan), Antony Bunsee (Egeon), Alfred Clay (Dr Pinch), William Grint (2nd Merchant), Zoe Lambert (Aemilia), Dyfrig Morris (2nd Merchant Bodyguard), Baker Mukasa (Angelo), Patrick Osborne (Balthasar), Nicholas Prasad (Duke Solinus), Riad Richie (1st Merchant/Young Egeon) and Sarah Seggari (Luce/Messenger).

Phillip Breen’s previous RSC directorial credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Provoked Wife and The Hypocrite. The production is designed by Max Jones with Lighting by Tina MacHugh, Music by Paddy Cunneen, Sound by Dyfan Jones, Movement by Charlotte Broom and Fights by Renny Krupinski. The 2021 production of The Comedy of Errors is sponsored by Darwin Escapes.

For further information, please contact:
Dean Asker, RSC Senior Media Relations Officer, 0778 9937759


Performance dates:

Tuesday 13 July – Sunday 26 September 2021   
Press Performance: Tuesday 20 July, 6.30pm
Box Office:, 01789 331111

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 October 2021
Box Office:, 0115 989 5555

Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 October 2021
Box Office:, 01227 787787

Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 November 2021
Box Office:, 01274 432000


The RSC is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

The work of the RSC is supported by the Culture Recovery Fund  

The RSC is a recipient of the Weston Culture Fund  

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation

The Comedy of Errors is supported by RSC Season Supporter Charles Holloway

Royal Shakespeare Theatre productions are sponsored by Darwin Escapes

The work of the RSC Learning and National Partnerships department is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Adobe, The Clore Duffield Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, GRoW @ Annenberg, Samsung, The Polonsky Foundation, The Schroder Foundation, The Wyfold Charitable Trust, Stratford Town Trust, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, The John S Cohen Foundation, Teale Charitable Trust, The Grimmitt Trust, George Fentham Birmingham Charity, and The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust.

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