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1978: Philip Casson

1983: James Cellan Jones

1989: Richard Monette


The Comedy of Errors
1983: James Cellan Jones

This is the BBC Shakespeare Plays series version of The Comedy of Errors. It contains a number of amusing features, none of them profound. It’s nevertheless a good deal of fun to watch.

Roger Daltrey of The Who was doubtless the person whose presence was most intended to attract outside attention to this project. His performance is perfectly adequate as the Dromios. Perhaps more worth noting for those who follow Shakespearean acting are Wendy Hiller (Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion [1938], and Lady Alice in A Man for All Seasons [1966]) and Cyril Cusack. All in all the performance is professionally managed from beginning to end, and nothing is grossly amiss. It’s not a profound play; one cannot expect a profound performance of it. It is a lot of fun, though.


Adriana: Suzanne Bertish

Aegeon: Cyril Cusack

Aemilia: Wendy Hiller

Angelo: Sam Dastor

Balthazar: David Kelly

Courtesan: Ingrid Pitt

First Merchant: Noel Johnson

Gaoler: Bunny Reed

Luce: Marsha Fitzalan

Luciana: Joanne Pearce

Master of the Mime: Nicolas Chagrin

Messenger: Peter Mackriel

Mime Troupe Member: Daniel Rovai

Mime Troupe Member: Graham Christopher

Mime Troupe Member: Howard Lee

Mime Troupe Member: Jenny Weston

Mime Troupe Member: Nick Burnell

Mime Troupe Member: Paul Springer

Mime Troupe Member: Ross Davidson

Officer: Frank Williams

Pinch: Geoffrey Rose

Second Merchant: Alfred Hoffman

Solinus, Duke of Ephesus: Charles Gray

The Antipholi: Michael Kitchen

The Dromios: Roger Daltrey