Imagine you’re in a strange city, unaware that your twin brother is there as well. Then your brother’s wife mistakes you for him—but not before you’ve tried to seduce his wife’s sister. In a town the size of Ephesus, events like these can only lead to riotous confusion.
Shakespeare’s joyful comedy of mistaken identity follows the fortunes of not one but two sets of identical twins, accidentally separated in a shipwreck many years before, then miraculously thrown together again.
The possibilities for farce double and re-double as Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus along with their manservants—a pair of Dromios—unwittingly wreak havoc on friends, family and the world at large.
State Theatre Company of South Australia are delighted to be collaborating with Australia’s national Shakespeare company—Bell Shakespeare, who have not been seen in Adelaide for eight years.
The Comedy of Errors will be directed by one of the country’s most exciting new directors, Imara Savage, who promises to deliver a production that probes identity in bringing Shakespeare’s effervescent, irreverent, and deliciously convoluted farce to the stage.
Following its premiere season in Adelaide, The Comedy of Errors will be heading across Australia on an extended six month tour visiting many regional centres, as well as performances in Canberra and Melbourne, culminating in a season at the Sydney Opera House later this year.
Director: Imara Savage Cast: Elena Carapetis, Septimus Caton, Eugene Gilfedder, Jude Henshall, Suzannah McDonald, Renato Musolino, Nathan O’Keefe, Hazem Shammas, Demitrios Sirilas & Anthony Taufa
Designer: Pip Runciman Lighting Designer: Mark Pennington Composer & Sound Designer: David Heinrich Physical Comedy Consultant: Scott Witt Assistant Director: Nescha Jelk
The Comedy of Errors
Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre
Season continues to 14 July 2013
Bookings: 131 246 or online at: www.bass.net.au
Image: courtesy of State Theatre Company of South Australia