Bell Shakespeare and State Theatre Company of South Australia
Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth when they’re rescued from a shipwreck. And when they end up in the same shifty, transitory port-town of Ephesus fully grown, we join them on their bizarre journey of reconciliation. As they collide unknowingly with each other’s friends and family, it’s not long before this absurd tale of mistaken identity and far-fetched coincidence unfolds in chaotic hilarity.
Director Imara Savage takes us on a wild ride as she updates one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies into the red-light district of Kings Cross from dusk till dawn. Laden with cheeky nods to popular culture, The Comedy Of Errors will have you in stitches!
This production of The Comedy Of Errors runs for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, without an interval.
BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR Imara Savage
DESIGNER Pip Runciman
LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Pennington
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER David Heinrich
PHYSICAL COMEDY CONSULTANT Scott Witt
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nescha Jelk
ADELAIDE | 28 June – 14 July
Adelaide Festival Centre, Dunstan Playhouse
MELBOURNE | 20–31 August
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
CANBERRA | 29 October – 9 November
Canberra Theatre Centre, The Playhouse
Also touring nationally.
Single Ticket Prices
Prices listed are for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra only.
All Performances (excluding Saturday 7:30pm)
Groups of 8 or more $58
Under 30† $33
Saturdays at 7:30pm
Groups of 8 or more $65
Under 30† $45
Transaction fees may apply.
*Concession applies to Australian Pensioners, Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, Seniors Card holders and MEAA members. Proof of concession must be provided.
†Available to people turning 30 or under in 2013. Proof of age must be provided.
Much, much hilarity, for this is genuinely, side-splittingly funny, The Bard’s script deployed perfectly but also embellished with some inspired touches… Words cannot do this remarkable production justice, it really needs to be seen. A spectacular end to what has been a brilliant Bell year.
Chris Hook, Daily Telegraph
The Comedy of Errors is the best thing on stage this year so far. Beg, borrow or steal if you have to, but get yourself a ticket. 5 STARS
Byron Bache, Herald Sun
This production of The Comedy of Errors is a rumbustious and entertaining knockabout romp… 4 STARS
Cameron Woodhead, The Age
The performances are fast, funny and assured. From Eugene Gilfedder’s lucid opening speech as Egeon, the first scenes with Nathan O’Keefe and Renato Musolino (both outstanding as the boys from Syracuse) to the ditzy exchanges between sisters Adriana and Luciana (Elena Carapetis and Jude Henshall), this comedy is brimming with invention, warmth and energy.
Murray Bramwell, The Australian
The Comedy of Errors is rowdy, good old-fashioned fun set in a modern Australia we perhaps wish we were a little less familiar with.
Jane Howard, The Guardian
The Comedy of Errors is a high-octave, crude-innuendo, neon-lit, slapstick-laden romp through mistaken identity, class structure, gender politics and table tennis etiquette… The effortless appeal of this new take on the Bard is due both to the timeless device of mistaken identity and director Imara Savage’s terse nods to notions of immigration and ‘errors’ of judgement. Designer Pip Runciman has created a visual fiesta of colour with floral jackets, leopard-print bustiers, pink vinyl and bunny ears, and the debauched climax that will make you laugh until you are incontinent. Go — before your doppelgänger gets there first.
Hilary Simmons, Concrete Playground Melbourne