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RSC The Comedy of Errors 2021 Performances

These are strange times. Confusion and uncertainty everywhere.
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?

The Comedy of ErrorsShakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017). Join us for a joyous moment of reunion, celebration and laughter in the brand new open air Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, on the banks of the Avon. Come outside and play.

SYNOPSIS
The Comedy of Errors is believed to be one of Shakespeare’s earlier written plays; a comedy about separated family and mistaken identity.

The play begins with Aegeon telling his story. Thirty-three years before the play begins, Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse, became the father of twin boys. He named them both Antipholus and bought another pair of twins, both named Dromio, to be their servants.

THE SEPARATION
Aegeon and his wife were travelling home with their sons and the servants when they were shipwrecked in a violent storm. Aegeon managed to save only one Antipholus and one Dromio and he has never seen the rest of his family since.

THE QUEST
Antipholus and Dromio arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost twin brothers, unaware that their father has also arrived there on the same quest. As a citizen of Syracuse, a city at war with Ephesus, Aegeon has landed illegally in Ephesus and is arrested and condemned to death unless a ransom is paid by sunset.

Unknown to all of them, the lost Antipholus and Dromio have been living in Ephesus for many years.

OLD FRIENDS
On Ephesus, the strangers find themselves greeted like old friends. Antipholus of Syracuse finds that he has acquired a wife, and everyone in Ephesus seems to be behaving very strangely…

Cast
Courtesan – Toyin Ayedun-Alase
Dromio of Syracuse – Jonathan Broadbent
Egeon – Antony Bunsee
Dr Pinch – Alfred Clay
Adrianna – Hedydd Dylan
2nd Merchant – William Grint
Dromio of Ephesus – Greg Haiste
Luciana – Avita Joy
Aemelia – Zoe Lambert
Antipholus of Syracuse – Guy Lewis
2nd Merchant/Bodyguard – Dygrig Morris
Angelo – Baker Mukasa
Balthasar – Patrick Osborne
Antipholus of Ephesus – Rowan Polonski
Duke Solinus – Nicholas Prasad
1st Merchant/Young Egeon – Riad Richie
Luce/Messenger – Sarah Seggari

LYDIA & MANFRED GORVY GARDEN THEATRE
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
13 JUL – 26 SEP 2021

THE THEATRE ROYAL
NOTTINGHAM
22 – 24 OCT 2021

THE MARLOWE
CANTERBURY
27 – 30 OCT 2021

ALHAMBRA THEATRE
BRADFORD
2 – 6 NOV 2021

BARBICAN THEATRE
LONDON
16 NOV – 31 DEC 2021

Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins (including a 30 mins interval)

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