The Comedy of Errors

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 Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind,
 Soul-killing witches that deform the body…’

The Comedy of Errors: one of Shakespeare’s brightest and funniest plays. Yet at its dark centre is a father bereft of his sons and condemned to death, and a son in search of his brother. They are all of them lost in Ephesus – a dangerous, pagan and alien world of doppelgängers. They know what they seek, but what will they find?

Following sell-out performances in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and at the Globe Theatre Rome, Bedouin Shakespeare Company’s production of this anarchic and surreal comedy comes to Arcola Theatre for one night only.

Don’t miss Chris Pickles’ high-octane production, which features mask work, physical theatre, puppetry, original music from Paul Knight, and a dazzling company of actors.


Sunday 1 November 2015, 7.30pm
£16 / £13 concessions

Age guidance: 6+
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes approximately (including interval)


Antipholus of Syracuse / Antipholus of Ephesus: Thomas Gilbey
Dromio of Syracuse / Dromio of Ephesus: Michael Lapham
Adriana: Gemma Wilson
Luciana: Eleanor Russo
Courtesan / Nell / Abbess: Natalie Lester
Angelo / 1st Merchant / Gaoler: Edward Andrews
Egeon / Balthasar / 2nd Merchant / Pinch: Jonathan Kemp
Duke / Dromio double / Officer: Jonathon Reid

Artistic Director: Edward Andrews
Director: Chris Pickles
Musical Director: Paul Knight
Associate Producer: Eleanor Russo
Costumes: Adrian Lillie
Lighting Design: Derek Carlyle-Hoggan

This kind of initiative from young theatre artists is the future and very exciting presentMark Rylance


Good luck to audiences and actors as they begin an exciting new adventure with Shakespeare!Sir Kenneth Branagh


I do hope your tour with the Bedouin Shakespeare Company goes well, it sounds like a brilliant idea.Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe