The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
Starring Lenny Henry
Directed by Dominic Cooke
Strictly limited season: SAT MARCH 24 and SUN MARCH 25 at 1pm (Additional screenings at select cinemas)
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Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes approximately including interval
ABOUT THE PLAY
I in earth, in heaven, or in hell? Sleeping or waking? mad or well advised? Known unto these, and to myself disguised!
Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home. A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound.
Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?
Consistently recognised by strangers, the visitors question their very selves as the turmoil escalates. Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset. Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. Lenny Henry plays Antipholus of Syracuse.
5 STARS Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday
4 STARS Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Guardian, Metro, Sunday Express
‘A comic delight… a savvy modern-dress production set in a recession-ravaged city.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Lenny Henry is wonderfully funny.’ Independent
‘Magnificently funny… a modern-urban production full of sharp ideas.’ The Times
‘A crowd-pleasing show that brings festive, risqué cheer to the National Theatre.’ Evening Standard