The Comedy of Errors

2nd Jul 2017, 3:30pm

The Arts Centre

Sunday 2nd July 3.30pm (Gates 2.30pm)
Open Air Theatre in the Rock Garden
Illyria present The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare

In their 26th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy.

Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same city, and through a series of chance meetings their lives and sanity begin to unravel.  More and more people are sucked into a vortex of mistaken identity including an Officer who is paid per arrest, a Goldsmith who hasn’t been paid at all, a delayed Merchant, an irate Courtesan and a mad Exorcist.  To say nothing of a wife who sometimes feels her husband is two different personalities, and a poor Immigrant who is arrested for being the wrong nationality.  And what exactly is the Abbess of Ephesus’s dark secret?  Will anything ever make sense again?

To cap it all, this year Illyria’s Shakespeare production is re-located to the town of Ephesus, Mexico, and is performed by our very own 5-piece Mariachi band, resplendent in ponchos and sombreros. Ay caramba!

A wonderful comedy for a summer’s afternoon. Just sit back, relax and enjoy!

This is an outdoor production. Please dress for the weather both rain or shine, and bring a low-backed chair or rug to sit on.

Free light refreshments will be served from 2.30pm, but please bring a picnic too if you wish.

The Rock Garden is situated behind the Arts Centre, and is wheelchair accessible. For further information regarding access, parking or any other particular issues, please contact the Box Office on 01695 584480.

“A much-loved staple of the al-fresco theatre scene”  The Independent

“Top notch outdoor theatre”  The Daily Telegraph

Tickets £15 / £13 / £5 Edge Hill University students