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The Comedy of Errors


Adult $60
Subscriber $52
Concession/Group 6+ $54
Youth (15-21) $38
Family (2A+2C) $160
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Tuesday 27 September 2022, 7.30pm


Civic Theatre

375 Hunter Street

Newcastle 2300

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Season 2022 - book three or more shows and save!

Presented by Bell Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Janine Watson.


Shipwrecked and separated 33 years earlier, two sets of long-lost twins miraculously find themselves in the same city, on the same day. What could possibly go wrong?   

The Comedy of Errors is an hilarious romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment and chaotic mishaps, leading to an unbelievably crazy day for bumbling twins.  

At the heart of this tale of comedic misfortune is an old man searching for his lost children. He finds himself in a hostile land, in the fight of his life ... to save his life. As far-fetched coincidences unfold, chaotic hilarity ensues and a man’s life could be saved — if only everything would go to plan. 

Directed by longtime Bell Shakespeare collaborator Janine Watson, this is a beautiful story about reunion, wrapped up in an evening of entertainment and laughter.   

This show is presented as part of Season 2022 and the New Annual Festival 

Suitable for ages 12+ 
2hrs (including interval) 
Act 1: 56 mins  Interval (20 mins)  Act 2: 43 mins

Preshow entertainment - Civic Bar Beats - 5pm-7pm Bree Rusev.

A handy guide to bluffing your way through Shakepeare's A Comedy of Errors

Blink and you’ll miss it.
Shakespeare’s shortest play spans a single day and night in the city of Ephesus. Several visitors from a rival city, Syracuse, risk everything by sneaking around Ephesus, searching for long-lost relatives. That’s easier said than done because mixed up in all this are two sets of identical twins who share the same names. As day turns to night, chaos and confusion reign. Family members are repeatedly mistaken for one another, prompting claims of betrayal, declarations of love, accusations of lunacy, and allegations of theft. By dawn, a number of characters face prison (or worse) before a local nun puts two and two (and two) together, to reveal who is who and reunite the family members.

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