The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
March 1 live at 2pm. Encore at 7pm.
Tickets $20. Students $10. Reserved seating for live performance. Open seating for encore (tickets at the door.)
Dominic Cooke, Director of the celebrated Royal Court Theatre in London, comes to the National Theatre for the first time to direct Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, opening in the Olivier Theatre in late November and continuing in repertoire until March 2012. Famed U.K. comedian and actor Lenny Henry makes his NT debut as Antipholus of Syracuse.
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.