Comedy of Errors (2012): Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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PRINCIPAL CAST: Kirsty Bushell (Adriana); Stephen Hagan (Antiopholus of Ephesus); Felix Hayes (Dromio of Ephesus); Bruce Mackinnon (Dromio of Syracuse); Jonathan McGuinness (Antipholus of Syracuse); Emily Taaffe (Luciana).
The first performance of this production took place on 16 March 2012.
"Amir Nizar Zuabi's production of The Comedy of Errors embodies the internationalism of this year's World Shakespeare Festival. Yet the Palestinian director holds out the promise of saying something interesting about trade and cultural dislocation, rather than delivering it....The interpretation often feels self-indulgent, full of gimmicks yet lacking coherent vision. Various contrivances suggest the darkness of a brutal police state but there are also elements that seem exuberantly camp. Zubai's usual poetic, even dreamy approach is lost among the jolting shifts of tone and some overly hasty verse-speaking." ~ Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, 26 April 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 9
"Rumbustious and rancid, Ephesus is a kind of decadent police state, run by a torture-loving duke who ducks his victims into aquariums, drops corpses into the harbour and is accompanied by paramilitary minders." ~ Neil Norman, Daily Express, 27 April 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 9
"...while the superb presence and diction of Cecilia Noble's Abbessis a pleasure encountered again in her Maria and Juno in David Farr's productions of Twelfth Night and The Tempest." ~ Patrick Carnegy, Spectator, 5 May 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 9