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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, a vibrant new adaptation of The Comedy of Errors has been announced for a co-production between Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre and Prescot’s Shakespeare North Playhouse.

The Comedy Of Errors (More Or Less)

Two states are at odds. Two sets of twins who don’t match. A crazy day at the beach. A Lancashire actor performs his “magnificent” one-man show in a Yorkshire coastal town. The problem is that there is no one to watch him because everyone is booked for a talent show across town with the twin brother he hasn’t met.

His twin brother owes money all over the town, has promised his wife a gold chain, and is betting on winning the talent show to stay out of trouble with some bad people. Will the twins meet? Will they find out how they split up? Will either show continue in any way?

As Shakespeare’s most bizarre farce is brought to life in the 1980s, The Comedy of Errors will (more or less) be an unforgettable evening at the theater. In this day and age of big phones and even bigger shoulder pads, you can expect musical numbers, mistaken identity, and theatrical chaos!


The Comedy Of Errors (More Or Less) at Shakespeare North Playhouse on The Table Read Magazine
The Comedy Of Errors (More Or Less)

Valerie Antwi, Andy Cryer, Claire Eden, David (and Peter) Kirkbride, Alyce Liburd, Oliver (and Zach) Mawdsley and Ida Regan.

Production Team

The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Artistic Director, Paul Robinson, stated that they can’t wait to begin this hilarious and anarchic new version of Shakespeare’s craziest play, which is filled with misidentification and continuous twists and turns. Their writers, Elizabeth Godber and Nick Lane, have paid homage to the two venues by creating characters from the two towns and setting the show in Scarborough in the vibrant, neon-lit 1980s. They are enjoying working with the brilliant new Shakespeare North Playhouse.

According to Laura Collier, the Creative Director of Shakespeare North Playhouse, they are excited to collaborate with their friends at Stephen Joseph Theatre to produce this outstanding production. Elizabeth and Nick have written a fast-paced, hilarious script that they can’t wait to see the brilliant Paul Robinson bring to life on our respective stages.

Simon Slater is the show’s composer and sound designer, Jessica Curtis is the show’s designer. Chuma Emembolu is in charge of the lighting design, and Alex Weatherhill is in charge of the music. Wayne Parsons is in charge of the choreography and movement direction, and Kaitlin Howard is in charge of the fight.

Shakespeare North Playhouse

The first-of-its-kind Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot is home to the only timber-built “Cockpit” theatre built in the 17th century outside of London that can be set up in either an end-on or an in-the-round configuration. The new venue, which was built entirely with public funds and donations during the pandemic, is expected to attract over 140,000 visitors annually to the region. Helm Architecture serves as the project’s architect in charge, and Austin-Smith: Lord as the architect of support.

The venue is housed in a modern, energy-efficient building. It also has an outdoor performance garden that is fully accessible and is funded by the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation. It also has an exhibition gallery, a 60-seat studio theater, a learning center, event spaces, a café and bar with an outdoor piazza, and more.

Stephen Joseph Theatre

Since 1955, Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre has offered audiences on the Yorkshire coast accessible, world-class theater. It has produced over 700 plays, many of which are brand-new. One of the company’s primary goals, which is still one of our primary goals, was to develop new writers and writers. The SJT is well-known for hosting the world premieres of the majority of Alan Ayckbourn’s 89 full-length plays. It was the first professional theatre-in-the-round in the United Kingdom. Additionally, it has a comprehensive community program.

Find The Comedy Of Errors (More Or Less) now:

From Friday, March 3, to Saturday, March 25, The Comedy of Errors can be seen at Shakespeare North Playhouse and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, respectively.

Stephen Joseph Theatre box office on 01723 370541 and online at

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