'The Comedy Of Errors' & 'Richard III'


Derby Playhouse


25th February - 9th March 1963


Dennis Eddowes & Kenneth Collier

As was the custom at the time in 1963 we presented our 'Shakespeare Festival' - two back-to-back productions in consecutive weeks at the old Derby Playhouse in Sacheveral Street. 1963 would mark the first time this was done as the Derby Shakespeare Society after our change from being the Derby Branch of the British Empire Shakespeare Society.

Another first came in the form of 'The Comedy Of Errors', this being the first time we had ever produced this play. No doubt its farcical comic nature would have been a contrast to 'Richard III' which followed it for the second half of the festival, thus showcasing two different but equally excellent sides of our newly-renamed group.

We hope to be able to add more information and photographs from this production soon.


Director - Dennis Eddowes
Setting Design - Pamela Ingram
Stage Director & Associate Producer - Pat Laurie
Musical Director - John Townsend
Stage Manager - Gordon Styche
Assistant Stage Managers - Christopher Redfearn & Nicholas Smith
Wardrobe - Jean Wheeler
Properties - Ruth Turner & Mary Willis
Make-up - Ursula Eddowes
Prompter & Production Secretary - Lavinia Gamble

Director - Kenneth Collier
Setting Design - Pamela Ingram
Stage Director - Sheila Carver
Lighting - Kenneth Collier
Stage Manager - Duncan McGregor
Assistant Stage Managers - Leonard Smith & Kenneth Tipper
Musical Director - Frederick Minchin
Wardobe - Jean Wheeler
Properties - Mary Willis
Make-up - Ursula Eddowes
Prompter - Doris Knight


Solinus - Howard Smith
Aegeon - Harold Gamble
Gaoler - Harry Parker
Antipholus Of Ephesus - Donald Potter
Antipholus Of Syracuse - Tony Rees
Dromio Of Ephesus - D. P. Bridge
Dromio Of Syracuse - Garth Phillips
Balthazar - Kenneth Sayer
Angelo - Travis Sutton
First Merchant - John Townsend
Second Merchant - Kenneth Wrigley
Pinch - Douglas Marsden
Officer - John Townsend
Servants - Graham Kingham, Christopher Redfearn, Nicholas Smith & Gordon Styche
Aemilia - Jean Wood
Adriana - Pauline Garrard
Luciana - Sally Cooper
Courtesan - Pauline Healey
Nell - Ruth Turner
Luce - Jennifer Brownhall
Nun - Doris Knight
Townsfolk - Graham Kingham, Harry Parker & Patricia Hough

King Edward IV - Richard Carter
Edward, Prince Of Wales - Ewen McWilliam
Richard, Duke Of York - Timothy Duce
George, Duke Of Clarence - Patrick Beck
Richard, Duke Of Gloucester - Kenneth Pipes
Young Son Of Clarence - John Isherwood
Henry, Earl Of Richmond - Melvyn Lloyd-Smith
Cardinal Bourchier, Archbishop Of Canterbury - Armytage Dean
Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop Of York - Leslie Titmuss
John Morton, Bishop Of Ely - Harry Warrilow
Duke Of Buckingham - William Pottier
Duke Of Norfolk - Harry Warrilow
Earl Of Surrey - Leslie Titmuss
Earl Rivers - Leslie Blyther
Marquis Of Dorset - John Blackwall
Lord Grey - Eric Bakewell
Earl Of Oxford - Richard Carter
Lord Hastings - Frank Garratt
Lord Stanley - Tom Jelley
Lord Lovel - Keith Sherwin
Sir Richard Ratcliff - Trevor Shields
Sir William Catesby - Edwin Ennals
Sir James Tyrrel - Hugh Price
Sir Robert Brakenbury - Ian Roberts
Sir James Blount - Hugh Price
Sir Walter Herbert - John Blackwall
Christopher Urswick - Ivan Baldwin
Tressel - Duncan McGregor
Berkeley - Keith Sherwin
First Murderer - Dennis Chapman
Second Murderer - Leonard Smith
Lord Mayor Of London - Duncan McGregor
Sheriff Of Wiltshire - Keith Sherwin
Soldiers, Monks, Citizens, Messengers, pages & Torch Bearers - William Goodhead, Christopher Harrington, Philip Judson, Peter Mortimer, Christopher Redfearn, John Slater, Philip Spencer, Kenneth Tipper, Maurice Turner, & Norman Whitmore
Elizabeth - Vida Ayres
Margaret - Kitty Scopes
Duchess Of York - Kathleen Burleigh
Lady Anne - Jessica Clewes
Jane Shore - marjorie minchin
Young Daughter Of Clarence - Victoria Smith
Nuns, Ladies-In-Waitlng, Citizens & Pages - Elizabeth Elliott, Joy Hewitt, Susan Ingram, Joyce Leech & Mabs Potter