The Comedy of Errors - National Theatre

Pro reviewers average 2014-07-28 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. Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy da... 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. 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. Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell? Sleeping or waking? mad or well advised? Known unto these, and to myself disguised! 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. 3.5
Running dates from Nov 22 2011 to Mar 31 2012
Theatre National Theatre
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Overview, Cast and Creatives

Genre Comedy
Synopsis
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.

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.

Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?
Sleeping or waking? mad or well advised?
Known unto these, and to myself disguised!

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.

Author William Shakespeare
Director Dominic Cooke
Featured Actors/Actresses Michelle Terry
Amit Shah
Daniel Poyser
Simon Parrish
Jude Owusu
Rhiannon Oliver
Pamela Nomvete
Yvonne Newman
Joseph Mydell
Lucian Msamati
Chris Jarman
Adrian Hood
Lenny Henry
Clare Cathcart
Silas Carson
Ian Burfield
Claudie Blakley
Paul Bentall
Tom Anderson
Marcus Adolphy
Other Actors/Actresses Rene Zagger
Everal A Walsh
Grace Thurgood
Designer Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Sound Christopher Shutt
Assistant Director Kate Waters
Previous/Historical Author William Shakespeare
Movement/Choreography Ann Yee
Music Gary Yershon