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Sunday, March 25, 2012


With the third season of Cinema Nouveau’s National Theatre Live drawing to an end, audiences can still look forward to the last production, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, which will be showing exclusively at Cinema Nouveau theatres on March 24, 25, 28 and 29.

Directed by Dominic Cooke, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors is a furiously-paced comedy staged in a contemporary world. It tells the tale of two sets of twins who are separated at birth and collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. For no-one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home. A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound.

The Comedy of Errors stars actor Lenny Henry, who made his Shakespearean debut in the title role of Othello for Northern Broadsides/West Yorkshire Playhouse, which transferred to the West End and for which he won the 2009 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award.

He has toured worldwide with his stand-up comedy shows, and has appeared in and presented innumerable television dramas, comedies and documentaries, including Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Alive and Kicking, Chef!, Hope & Glory and Lenny Henry in Pieces. His many awards include the Lifetime Achievement - Performance Award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards, and a Golden Rose at the Montreux Television Festival.

Director Dominic Cooke is Artistic Director of the Royal Court, where his productions have included Chicken Soup with Barley, Clybourne Park (also West End) and The Pain and the Itch. He was Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 2002 where his work included Arabian Nights, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, The Crucible (Olivier Awards for Best Director and Best Revival), As You Like It and Cymbeline.

The cast also includes Marcus Adolphy, Tom Anderson, Paul Bentall, Claudie Blakley, Ian Burfield, Silas Carson, Clare Cathcart, Adrian Hood, Chris Jarman, Lucian Msamati, Yvonne Newman, Pamela Nomvete, Rhiannon Oliver, Jude Owusu, Simon Parish, Daniel Poyser, Grace Thurgood, Amit Shah, Michelle Terry, Everal A Walsh and Rene Zagger. The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, music by Gary Yershon, movement by Ann Yee, sound by Christopher Shutt and fight direction by Kate Waters.

Running time is 136 min, including host introduction and one 20 minute intermission.

Release dates at Cinema Nouveau Gateway on March 24 (19h30); March 25 (14h30) and March 28 and 29 at 19h30.

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