The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
From 30 August 2014
£15 - £42 seats
2 hours 20 minutes including interval
Aemilia, the Abbess
Gershwyn Eustache Jnr
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Antipholus of Syracuse
Antipholus of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse
Dromio of Ephesus
Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.
Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.
This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.
'Blanche McIntyre makes a formidable debut in this special space with a production of The Comedy of Errors that is as enchanting as it is hilarious'
'A near-perfect production...the audience roars with delight'
‘You end up not only with a broad grin on your face but also a tear in your eye... this comedy of errors is great fun’
'The physical side is delicious'
'Pure chaotic joy... a ray of sunshine as autumn falls on the Globe'
'The production crackles and fizzes with gags aplenty... a production that sparkles with wit and invention right from the outset - a touch of joy for the autumn ahead.'
‘The pick of the performances comes from Matthew Needham, who brings a compelling fluency to the impulsive Antipholus of Ephesus. Simon Harrison captures the sheer bewilderment of his brother, and Hattie Ladbury elegantly articulates the lofty ideals and passions of his wife Adriana, while both Dromios (Jamie Wilkes and Brodie Ross) achieve a blend of wounded innocence and inventive wit’
Please note: tickets for all related events are sold separately to tickets for performances.
Leading scholars and theatre artists offer historical, practical, and theoretical contexts to The Comedy of Errors
Saturday 30 August
Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors
Tuesday 2 September
Tuesday 9 September
Tuesday 16 September
Tuesday 30 September
Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives
Wednesday 17 September
Wednesday 8 October
Experience the magical atmosphere of the Globe at midnight
Saturday 6 September