The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
Broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 1 March 2012 and varying dates internationally. Find your nearest venue.
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‘Wall-to-wall joy. Sublime.’ Daily Mail
‘Fabulous fun… Dominic Cooke’s imaginative, superbly acted contemporary production.’ Mail on Sunday
‘A comic delight…a savvy modern-dress production set in a recession-ravaged city.’
‘Lenny Henry is wonderfully funny.’ Independent
‘Magnificently funny…a modern-urban production full of sharp ideas’ The Times
'Lenny Henry returns to Shakespeare... and once again he impresses.' Daily Telegraph
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.
Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?
Lenny Henry plays Antipholus of Syracuse.
photo (Lenny Henry and Lucian Msamati) by Phil Fisk.