Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors
Recorded live at the Shakespeare’s Globe, June 2015.
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 sell-out production employs authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and has audiences roaring with laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.” (London Theatre Guide).
The sparkling cast serves a feast of fun and flying cabbages.
-- The Times (UK)
As enchanting a it is hilarious.
-- The Independent
Release Date: January 07, 2022
Catalog Number: OA 1199D
Label: Opus Arte
Number of Discs: 1
Comedy of Errors
Composer: William Shakespeare
Ensemble: Shakespeare's Globe
Performer: Antipholus of Syracuse (Simon Harrison), Antipholus of Ephesus (Matthew Needham), Dromio of Ephesus (Jamie Wilkes), Dromio of Syracuse (Brodie Ross), Adriana (Hattie Ladbury), Luciana (Becci Gemmell)