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By William Shakespeare

Visiting Company
In Association with
The Touring Partnership

“Ed Hall and his all-male company, Propeller, tackle the muscular history play with typical physicality and wit.” The Independent

“This is a chance to get a glimpse of a genuinely impressive ensemble of actors who can make Shakespeare seem new-minted.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“...the most thrilling, and the most wayward, production you are ever likely to see - truly mesmerising.” British Theatre Guide

Comedy of Errors: * * * * * Richard III: * * * * * The Daily Telegraph

Wed 13 Apr 2011 - Sat 30 Apr 2011


Richard III

There are too many insightful details crammed into this three-hour tour de force to do sufficient justice to … intelligent, witty and apposite” *****  The Daily Telegraph

the overriding feeling is of a Shakespeare pulsing with muscular life – fresh, physical and utterly modern… there's far more to Propeller than boys in high heels.” The Independent

“This inventive company bring the most thrilling, and the most wayward, production you are ever likely to see - truly mesmerising.” British Theatre Guide

Richard III brings the War of the Roses cycle of history plays to a close in bloody fashion. Arguably Shakespeare’s most villainous King, we watch in horror and delight as Richard murders his way to the throne, unable to resist his cruel wit and dark humour. This is a hugely entertaining and diabolical adventure that tells the story of one man’s journey to heaven then back to hell.

Running Times
Act One: 1 hour 20 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Act Two: 1 hour 5 minutes

In complete contrast, The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s most farcical comedy, and also his smartest. Two sets of estranged twins, separated at birth, find themselves in the same city 25 years later with hilarious consequences. A series of mistaken identities, assumed personas, and wild mishaps bring a family crisis – so complicated that time itself loses the plot – into heart warming focus. Fortunately the audience is always one step ahead...

"It’s an unmitigated hoot.” *****  The Daily Telegraph

“the funniest and most farcical I've seen” ****  The Guardian

"Bold and brassy, full of invention and fun"  British Theatre Guide

Running Times
Act One: 1 hour
Interval: 20 minutes
Act Two: 1 hour

£17.50, £26, £30

UK Tour sponsored by Coutts & Co

For more information about the company and to read the Propeller blog click here

The Cast

Tony Bell
                                 Queen Margaret/Pinch
Kelsey Brookfield                 Lord Rivers/Duchess of York/Courtesan
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart      Sir Richard Ratcliffe/Antipholus of Syracuse
Wayne Cater                          Bishop of Ely/Balthasar
Richard Clothier                    Richard III/The Duke of Ephesus
John Dougall                         George Duke of Clarence/Lord Stanley/Aegeon
Richard Frame                      Richard Duke of York/Murderer/Dromio of Syracuse
Robert Hands                        King Edward IV/Earl of Richmond/Adriana
Chris Myles                            Duke of Buckingham/Aemilia
David Newman                      Sir William Catesby/Luciana
Thomas Padden                   Lord Hastings/Duke of Norfolk/Angelo
Sam Swainsbury                  Edward Prince of Wales/Murderer/Antipholus of Ephesus
Dominic Tighe                       Queen Elizabeth/Officer
Jon Trenchard                       Lady Anne/Dromio of Ephesus

Performance Schedule
Wednesday 13 April to Thursday 21 April - Richard III
Friday 22 April to Saturday 30 April - The Comedy of Errors

Performance Times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Saturday 30 April performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Directed by Edward Hall
Designed by Michael Pavelka
Lighting designed by Ben Ormerod
Music by Propeller