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Shakespeare’s ever popular fairy-tale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, directed by comedy master Phillip Breen.
A father ends up in the wrong country on the wrong day as a government makes hasty proclamations about travel. A lonely son, while searching for his brother, loses himself. Across town a wife starts to realise her husband is not the man she thought he was (but rather likes it). Will anything ever be the same again?
Directed by Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017), the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors transfers to the Barbican for 6 weeks only following its summer season in Stratford-upon-Avon. Join us for this joyous moment of reunion, celebration, and laughter.
Running time 2 Hours 20 Minutes (inc. Interval)
A shipwreck, a divided family, and the hilarious mistaken identity farce that comes with not just one but two sets of identical twins. Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors is one of his funniest plays, with non-stop action and breathless hijinks, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival is now coming to London’s Barbican Theatre. You can join the fun by booking your The Comedy of Errors tickets now.
One of the Bard’s earlier works, The Comedy of Errors play takes its basic plot from Plautus’s Menaechmi and Apollonius of Tyre. It takes place in Greece, with a merchant, Egeon, relaying his tragic story: during a terrible shipwreck, he was separated from his wife, and each of them wound up with one of their identical twin sons (both named Antipholus) and one of the boys’ twin servants (both called Dromio). A family reunion is on the horizon, but not before the advent of the twins causes maximum confusion for everyone, including Antipholus’s wife Adriana and her sister Luciana.
Director Phillip Breen relishes every single opportunity for comic chaos here, and his revival for the RSC was a big hit in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace. Now, it’s transferring to London, and The Comedy of Errors Barbican production will run in town for a limited engagement.
The full cast is playing this encore run, led by Jonathan Broadbent, Greg Haiste, Guy Lewis, Rowan Polonski, Hedydd Dylan and Avita Jay. The Comedy of Errors London production will also feature vivid 1980s design from Max Jones, as well as featuring Paddy Cunneen’s arresting score.
Although this is first and foremost a riotous night out, the play’s depiction of family separation and loss has particular resonance in Covid times. So, make sure you catch this funny and poignant show. Book your The Comedy of Errors tickets now.
November 16th, 2021
December 31st, 2021
The Shakespearean farce about double twin confusion comes to the Barbican fresh from Stratford
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