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The Comedy of Errors


Please note: Due to wet weather, the play will now be held in St Chad's Church. No chairs are required.


This summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, in their thirteenth successful year, are touring Shakespeare’s most hilarious farce The Comedy of Errors – a riotous rollercoaster of a comedy that will keep you guessing and laughing until its joyous conclusion.

I see two husbands, or my eyes deceive me.

This year will see this hugely popular company premiering their show at the Brighton International Festival for the first time. Following the dates in Brighton in May the company will make another debut, this time at the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, before heading off around the UK throughout the summer to the most historically important and visually stunning castles, cathedrals and stately homes, finishing their tour in mainland Europe in September.

This fantastical comedy follows two pairs of identical twins, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, and their servants, both named Dromio. When they were babies, the twins and their parents were separated in a shipwreck; now, years later, as one half of the twins search for the other they unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day.

I to the world am like a drop of water

That in the ocean seeks another drop

Peter Stickney, Artistic Director says, “In my first full year leading the company we bring you something new. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men has never performed The Comedy of Errors before, and I can’t wait! This hilarious summer comedy is a complete joy, but with Shakespeare it’s never that simple. He elevates what could just be a story of mistaken identity to new levels with questions about relationships, family and personal identity so that alongside the confusing and hilarious circumstances, the characters are dealing with bigger questions of love and loss before, ultimately, redemption. I can’t think of anything more perfect for a summer’s evening than a classical retelling of this great play set against the background of some of the nation’s most beautiful outdoor venues. “

With Authenticity, Excellence and Magic being the watchwords of the company we can expect another summer treat as they bring their own special brand of all male Shakespeare to a venue near you. Be sure to catch this brilliant company perform Shakespeare as it would have been; all male, in the open air and in full Elizabethan costume with traditional music and dance.  This is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

6.30pm gates open for 7.30pm show

Cash sales can be made at The Trophy Shop, 6 Milk Street

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