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The Comedy Of Errors

Opens: 22/11/2011 Closes: 01/04/2012 National Theatre, London
Two sets of twins become separated in the same freak accident, and must travel to a distant and baffling land before being reunited. Lenny Henry plays Antipholus of Syracuse in a contemporary revamp of Shakespeare's comedy. It's heavy on slapstick, light on plot believability, and all the better for it. For more information visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/67501/productions/the-comedy-of-errors.html Buy: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/67501/productions/the-comedy-of-errors.html
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Financial Times“This stuff still truly works...” As the National’s high-culture yet fun alternative to seasonal Christmas shows, this hits the spot...
 
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Time Out“It lacks oomph...” Cooke's setting exposes the play's politics, placing it in the context of globalisation gone mad. But the extra grit weighs down the hectic action nearly as much as the poorly choreographed crowd chase...
 
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The Arts Desk“Full of unhinged hilarity...” This is comedy with bite, all the better for the touch of the maniacal that tinges its laughter...
 
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Guardian“The end crowns all...” This production captures vividly that dreamlike sense of transformation that makes Shakespearean comedy unique. In the play the characters exist in a world that is both realistically concrete and a house of illusion...
 
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Evening Standard“Henry is instrumental in this...” Cooke controls the ensemble deftly, and his interpretation is full of ingenious little dabs of colour. Aside from a few sluggish first-half moments, this is a crowd-pleasing show that brings festive, risqué cheer to the National Theatre...
 
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The Independent“Ends up sacrificing poetry to ingenious prose...” Henry beautifully conveys the tragicomic plight of an innocent abroad. It's typical that in this production his character declares "There's not a man but doth salute me/As if I were a well-acquainted friend"...
 
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The Telegraph“Henry once again impresses...” It does memorably capture the sudden moments of poetry and deeper feeling that deepen Shakespeare’s most farcical play, hinting at dramatic and poetic glories to come. Mistaken identity routines and farcical chaos often prove a comic delight...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“Farce playing is of secondary school standard...” Cooke and designer Bunny Christie throw so much noise and design at the show that the comedy of mistaken identity bends and buckles into one of not “who’s who” but “who cares who’s who?” There’s too much “stuff” going on...
 
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The Stage“Lenny’s perfect night out...” The NT pulls out all the comic stops for the broad Shakespearean farce The Comedy of Errors. Cooke cooks up a true comic storm. This is a fast, funny treat for all seasons nonetheless...
 
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