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Comic chaos at Coughton Court as Bard's masterpiece takes to the stage

Ross Crawford 20th Jul, 2017

IT will be curtain up at Coughton Court this Friday when The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their production of Shakespeare’s brilliant comedy of mistaken identity, The Comedy or Errors.

Staged in the beautiful gardens of Coughton, between Alcester and Studley, it promises to be a wonderful evening of magic and laughter.

For the past decade the hugely popular The Lord Chamberlain’s Men have brought their own special brand of authentic, exhilarating and engaging all-male productions to the UK’s most historically important venues.

The Bard’s masterpiece follows two pairs of identical twins, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, and their servants, both names Dromio.

When they were babies, the twins and their parents were separated in a shipwreck; now, years later, as one half of the twins searches for the other they unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day.

Artistic director Peter Stickney said: “I can’t think of anything more perfect for a summer’s evening than a retelling of this great play set against the background of one of the nation’s most beautiful outdoor venues.”

The Comedy of Errors follows merchants, masters, parents, servants and a long-suffering wife as it plays itself out over the course of one hectic day culminating in a joyous conclusion.

Founded in 2004, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Theatre Company is the modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s original troupe of the same name.

Tickets are £15 for adults, £8 children, and theatregoers should bring a low backed chair, and a table and picnic if they wish and a brolly in case it rains.

Curtain up for the performance is 7.30pm on July 21.

To book tickets visit http://www.coughtoncourt.co.uk/ or call 0344 249 1895.

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