In 2021 Melbourne Shakespeare Company returned to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens with our larger than life musical production of The Comedy of Errors. This adaptation was a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, directed by comedy master Ben Adams and staring some of Australia's finest Shakespearean actors.
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"A great showcase of comedic physical Shakespeare that is accessible to all ages." - Australian Stage
"A powerfully entertaining piece of theatre" - Stage Whispers
"A production not-to-be-missed. 5 STARS" - Theatre People
Cinematographer, editor: Tim Smith
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Assistant Stage Manager
Set / Props
Dromio of E
Dromio of S
Egeon / Pinch
Officer / Luce
Antipholus of S
Antipholus of E
Anna Francesca Armenia
A Note from the Director Ben Adams
In January 2017, Jen came to me and asked if I knew how to write barbershop music. My eyes widened, my internal deer-in-the-headlights let out an anxious squeak, and I heard my mouth say "yes, of course!" I bit off more than I could chew, so I just chewed like hell. What proceeded was one of the most challenging, wild, exciting, and ultimately rewarding shows I have had the privilege to put my name to. That show was The Comedy of Errors.
Earlier this year, Jen came to me and asked if I wanted to direct The Comedy of Errors. My eyes rolled back in my head, that internal deer dropped dead from shock, and I heard my mouth say "yes, of course!" So here I am, chewing again. What else could I say? Who wouldn't leap at the chance to catch that same lightning in a bottle?
And the time could not be riper for some error-ridden Comedy. Our humanity has had a rough 18 months - starved of touch, connection and community - and I can think of no better soul food than comedy, chaos, and joyous theatre. A more studious scholar might ruminate on the play's depictions of barbarity, its championing of love over lust, or Ephesus's strict border controls, but I'll settle for this: this show makes me giggle, snort, chortle and cheer - I sincerely hope you do the same.