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The Comedy of Errors, Titchfield Festival Theatre
THE problem in staging Shakespeare’s far-fetched plot involving two sets of twins arriving in the same town on the same day, getting mistaken for each other, and ultimately finding each other (and long-lost parents), is actually getting two sets of actors who look enough like each other to make the plot seem feasible.
This TFT achieved in the easiest way – by having the same actors play both sets of twins, and this they pulled off admirably with Daniel Finch creating both Antipholuses with the merest change of walk and voice, and Kevin Fraser (who also directed) simply changing hats and waistcoats to change Dromios.
Delightful performances from Georgie Gulliford as confused wife Adriana (with a wonderful belly-dancing routine) and Kay Fraser as her equally confused sister Luciana, added to the evening’s enjoyment, and the ending, when both sets of twins finally meet, was crafted with ingenious simplicity.