Tickets: Full £15 Adult conc £13 18 & under £8
Director Dominic Cooke (Artistic Director of the Royal Court in London)
Cast includes Lenny Henry, Lucian Msamati, Claudie Blakley, Michelle Terry
Lenny Henry makes his National Theatre debut in Shakespeare’s furiously-paced comedy. Directed by Dominic Cooke and designed by the 2011 Olivier Award-winner Bunny Christie, this new production is staged in a chaotic contemporary world.
Am 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.
5 Star reviews: Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday
4 Star reviews: Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Guardian, Metro, Sunday Express
Wall-to-wall joy. Sublime. Daily Mail
A comic delight…a savvy modern-dress production set in a recession-ravaged city. Daily Telegraph
Magnificently funny…a modern-urban production full of sharp ideas. The Times
The Observer review: Cooke's substantial achievement is to orchestrate a gradually mounting mania, through slapstick and bawdy to desperation. Read more
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