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Twins collide chaotically in a slapstick play by Shakespeare
Comedy of Errors Bell Shakespeare
Bell Shakespeare is committed to ensuring Shakespeare is accessible to Australian audiences

In a season stretching from August to December and across five state and territories, Bell Shakespeare and the State Theatre Company of South Australia will present The Comedy of Errors.

The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare's shortest play, is a farcical comedy including slapstick, mistaken identity, puns and word play. Given this production employs a 'physical comedy consultant', audiences can expect a visual feast.

Comedy of Errors Bell Shakespeare
Twins Collide in a play about mistaken identity

The story goes that two sets of identical twins, who were separated at birth, all arrive in the seedy port city of Ephesus as adults, and connect unknowingly with their twin's family and friends. These encounters, featuring mistaken identity and coincidence, result in mayhem and hilarity.

Comedy of Errors Bell Shakespeare
Repositioned in the Australian context of King's Cross

Bell Shakespeare's commitment to making Shakespeare accessible in the Australian context sees director Imara Savage position this 'rowdy' production in the red-light district of Sydney's Kings Cross.

The cast features Elena Carapetis, Septimus Caton, Eugene Gilfedder, Jude Henshall, Suzannah McDonald, Renato Musolino, Nathan O'Keefe, Hazem Shammas, Demitrios Sirilas, and Anthony Taufa.

comedy of Errors Bell Shakespeare
Slapstick, puns and word play are all part of the fun

Performances are being offered in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong, Cessnock, Taree, Tamworth, Bathurst Orange, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Mildura Launceston, Hobart, Mt Gambier, Renmark, Noarluga Centre, Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

Ticket are priced at $33 - $72 for the Melbourne season (20 - 31 August) at Arts Centre Melbourne, including a captioned performance on Saturday 31st August at 2pm. A limited number of youth (under 30) tickets are available and are available by contacting Arts Centre Melbourne directly on 1300 182 183.

For detailed information about season information in other locations, visit the Bell Shakespeare website.
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Why? Twins collide in a tirade of mistaken identity
When: August to December
Phone: 1300 182183
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: Various
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