The Comedy of Errors ***** 4/5
30th March 2012
Wow. What a spectacular show from the National Theatre. William Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ was a powerful, funny, roller coaster of a show.
The gripping story focussed on a case of mistaken identity as two pairs of separated twins get into all sort of travails with people assuming they are one another and thus wrongly accusing each other of all manner of things.
Before booking I enquired if the show was touring and was told it wasn’t so made a special effort to catch it before it ended. It was immediately self-evident why the show wasn’t leaving the National theatre, London for this was without a doubt the biggest, most impressive set I’ve ever seen on a stage. The set had houses, offices, stormy seas, a scene out of Soho, the works.
Although the Shakespeare play was written 100’s of years ago, one of his first actually, under Dominic Cooke’s direction they’d given it a modern twist, not only through the contemporary settings such as a modern-day Soho, but also curiously both of the Dromio twins wore Arsenal shirts.
The show stars Tiemo Entertainments Black Comedy Awards 2011 nominee Lenny Henry as Antipholus of Syracuse. It was great to see him for the first time in an acting role, his second Shakespearean role having played Othello a few years ago. He delivered an excellent performance, showing the serious side of his character, whilst also playing the joker, the Lenny Henry we’re more familiar with. From someone so well-known for being a Comedian, to have entered into Shakespearean acting in highly impressive and inspirational as it stemmed from his studying for an English Literature degree at the Open University.
Having not read the book before I have to admit the play was a little hard to follow at times and something of culture shock hearing Shakespearean language on stage, but by listening carefully it was easy enough to follow the train of the story.
William Shakespeare. What a storyteller. Look out for his plays. I think he’ll go far.
The show ends on 1 April with matinees on 31st March and 1st April. If you saw the show I’d love to hear your comments. Please feel free to add them to the ‘Leave a comment’ section below.
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Published 31st March 2012
The much anticipated Black Comedy Awards are back in April 2012
On the 4th April 2012 comedy fans will have a fantastic opportunity to be part of a unique night to celebrate, honour and laugh with the funny men and women who had audiences roaring with laughter in 2011.
Tickets – £15 and £17.50 advance (£20 and £25 on the night) – VIP tickets available on request, to attend the prestigious Black Comedy Awards to be held at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre on 4th April 2012 can be purchased in person from the theatre or on-line via www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/120404