Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Comedy of Errors (Theatre Royal, Newcastle UK)

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/entertainment-in-newcastle/theatre/2011/02/02/review-comedy-of-errors-theatre-royal-72703-28099977/

Video review:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umfbtnO9mW4



NINE men, all dressed in loosely fitted, brightly coloured shirts, their looks topped off with large sombreros, whilst they play an assortment of instruments; it's not an image one would usually conjure when considering the works of Shakespeare. Nevertheless, the scene laid the foundations beautifully for the rest of the two hour comedy which followed.

Comedy of Errors tells the tale of two sets of identical twins, whom were all separated at birth: Antipholus of Syracuse (Dugald Bruce- Lockhart) and Antipholus of Ephesus (Sam Swainsbury), along with their servants Dromio of Syracuse (Richard Frame) and Dromio of Ephesus (Jon Trenchard). Now all staying in the same city of Syracuse some years later, they unknowingly find themselves being subject to mistaken identity by those who should know them well, thus resulting in some rather unfortunate, and indeed hilarious, incidents.

The all-male production uses slapstick comedy to play on the humour of the audience, with many witty surprises along the way. Weaved in between the poetic script are some truly wonderful one-liners which will urge you to roar with laughter. Your cheeks will be left aching from the plentiful puns and occasional innuendos which build on the comedy.

A great deal of the entertainment comes from the extravagance of the actors, their talents shining brightly.

With a plot so rich with excitement, the audience is kept engaged all the way through, with many unexpected happenings.

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