Our Summer Season

3 - 19 DECEMBER | St. Kilda Botanical Gardens

This December, Melbourne Shakespeare Company will be returning to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens  with our larger than life musical production of The Comedy of Errors.

Our 90 minute adaptation is 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.  

 

Pack a picnic and join us for a wild night thats fun for the whole family! 

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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.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 2021

CREATIVE TEAM

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Producer / Graphic Designer

Michael Mack

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Musical Director

Benjamin Colley

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Assistant Costume Designer

Freyja Black

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Artistic Director

Jennifer Sarah Dean

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Stage Manager

Teri Steer

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Set Designer

Hayley James

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General Manager

Kate Weston

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Choreographer

John Reed

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Intern ASM

Chiara Ciulli

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Director

Ben Adams

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Costume Designer

Aislinn Naughton