The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare (Globe on Screen 2015)

 

comadyThe final Globe On Screen film for 2015 brings the perfect light relief to close an epic season of war and tragedy. Thissell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and will have cinema audiences roaringwith laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.”(London Theatre Guide).

Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale ofviolent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.

Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (bothcalled Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, andyou have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the otherenraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.

Running time: 147mins (including 15min interval)

WRITTEN BY: William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY: Blanche McIntyre
DESIGNER: James Cotterill  COMPOSER: Olly Fox
CAST: Hattie Ladbury • Simon Harrison • Stefan Adegbola
Andy Apollo • Paul Brendan • Linda Broughton • Gershwyn
Eustache Jr • Becci Gemmell • Peter Hamilton Dyer • Emma
Jerrold • James Laurenson  •  Matthew Needham • Anne
Odeke • Brodie Ross • Jamie Wilkes

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