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The Comedy of Errors

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The Summer Shakespeare Trust is thrilled that Wellington theater artist Samuel Phillips will direct the 2018 Victoria University Summer Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors in Wellington’s Reading Carpark.

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The Comedy of Errors is a fast-paced farce of arriving in a new town, looking for food, family and home.

Many years ago, Egeon fathered a pair of identical twins, both named Antipholus. Each Antipholus was given a servant – Dromio and his identical twin Dromio – and thus the family was whole. Until one day a mighty storm separated one Antipholus and Dromio from the other Antipholus and Dromio. Ever since the twins have been split in two; incomplete, unwhole.

Our story takes place on a single day in Ephesus, a buzzing harbour town not unlike Wellington. Two strangers have come to town, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse. However, as they journey further through the city it becomes more and more strange. People seem to know them too well, and they start to question how well they know themselves…

Director’s Note

The Comedy of Errors is a play about forging a family and finding home. It is a wild, action-packed ride through a city that is both welcoming and terrifying, domestic and miraculous. As such we are taking Summer Shakespeare right into the central city of Wellington.

This play is a delightful comedy through and through, yet at the heart of the play is family tragedy and the shock of not being recognised as yourself. It features  hilarious set-pieces, witty wordplay and farcical mischief. Its roots in commedia dell’arte and Roman comedy are celebrated in this production; the first The Comedy of Errors in Wellington Summer Shakespeare’s canon.

Wellington is an incredibly welcoming city; you can make a home here and explore who you want to be in the world. Our city invites you to have adventures, to be anyone, to find yourself here. We invite you to join our Summer Shakespeare family for The Comedy of Errors.

For more information contact Sally Thorburn