Globe On Screen: Comedy Of Errors
A hectic tale of cross-purposes, slapstick and social nightmare as two sets of estranged twin brothers get mixed up in sorcery.
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.
Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.
The final Globe On Screen film for 2015 brings the perfect light relief to close an epic season of war and tragedy. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and will have cinema audiences roaring with laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.” (London Theatre Guide).
Directed by: Blanche McIntyre
Designer: James Cotterill
Composer: Olly Fox
Cast: Stefan Adegbola, Andy Apollo, Paul Brendan, Linda Broughton, Gershwyn Eustache Jr, Becci Gemmell, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Simon Harrison, Emma Jerrold, Hattie Ladbury, James Laurenson, Matthew Needham, Anne Odeke, Brodie Ross, Jamie Wilkes
Running time: 147mins (including 15min interval)
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