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National Theatre of London: “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare

For Immediate Release: March 5, 2012

National Theatre of London: “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare
Screenings are March 16 and March 23 at 7 PM
Running Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes (estimate) including host introduction and one 20 minute intermission (10 minutes of programming; 10 minutes of countdown clock)

5 Stars ‘Wall-to-wall joy. Sublime.’ Daily Mail
5 Stars ‘Fabulous fun… Dominic Cooke’s imaginative, superbly acted contemporary production’
Mail on Sunday

William Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, directed by Dominic Cooke, with Lenny Henry as Antipholus of Syracuse, will be filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre and broadcast as part of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE to the Taos Community Auditorium.
Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale.

Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy is staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time.
Because the production takes place in a modern, urban day setting with a diverse cast, it's extremely accessible for a youth/student and for those who aren't necessarily well versed in Shakespeare. The choreography/movement does a great job at storytelling so any fears of the "Shakespearean language" getting in the way need not worry.

Lenny Henry 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.

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 RSC from 2002-06, 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.

Ticket prices are $12 for TCA members, $15 for the general public and $10 for students18 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the TCA office at 575-758-2052 or at the box office of the auditorium at 145 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE performances are filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to over 700 cinemas around the world, live in the UK and Europe and time delayed in countries further afield. There are over 120 venues in the UK alongside venues in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, India, Scandinavia and Europe. The performances at the National are
nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is presented in partnership with Aviva.

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