Shakespeare in round wows Northcott audiences
PUBLISHED: 11:32 12 May 2011
Exeter’s Northcott Theatre’s Comedy of Errors one of the “most exciting” things staged
DESCRIBED as “one of the most exciting things we have done for ages,” Shakespeare in the round at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre has been wowing audiences all week.
The Bard’s The Comedy of Errors closes on Saturday evening (May 14), so you may still manage to get tickets for this spectacle, which sees the theatre’s main stage converted into the round to suit the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s direct and intimate style.
The Northcott linked up with this company to stage the play, described by director Andrew Hilton as “Shakespeare’s craziest play; a true farce yet with deeper, darker threads that make the comedy all the more incisive.”
A theatre spokesman said: “It’s definitely one of the most exciting things we have done for ages and the audience reaction has been amazing.”
The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and certainly one of his wittiest.
Separated as babies by a storm at sea, two sets of identical twins are raised in different countries in ignorance of each other.
When fate brings them, unknowingly, together in Ephesus, a series of farcical mishaps ensue.
The chaos caused by their mistaken identities leads to marital confusions, wrongful beatings, near seductions, an arrest and accusations of infidelity, theft and even demonic possession.
Mr Hilton said: “Our large cast sizes and our in-the-round format make it difficult for many other theatres to take us.
“We are absolutely delighted Exeter Northcott wished to host us and that it can reconfigure its main stage to make this transfer possible.
“We hope it may be the start of a long-standing partnership.”
Check for tickets at (01392) 493493 or online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.
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