Norwich theatre put on Shakespeare comedy

Final rehearsals are under way at the Sewell Barn in Norwich for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

The play, which opens on Thursday, is thought to be Shakespeare's earliest comedy, and tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth.

As they arrive in the same town at the same time, mayhem and laughter begins.

Carole Lovett, the production's director said: 'Rehearsals have been a lot of fun. Working with a cast that contains both experienced actors and theatrical newcomers has resulted in an exciting dynamic which translates well to a play that demands high energy levels from everyone on stage.'

Ms Lovett added: 'It's a play which still has a great deal of relevance to modern life.

'It's set in a community that is money-led and where everything and everyone has a price. This, unfortunately, is something with which we are all too familiar in our modern society.'

The Sewell Barn is a 100-seat theatre based in the grounds of Sewell Park College, the former Blyth-Jex School on Constitution Hill.

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It has produced more than 200 plays since being founded in 1980.

Luke Owen, who plays Antipholus of Ephesus, said: 'It's been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

'It's such a talented cast and they all really bring their characters to life. Carole's direction has been marvellous, and the play itself is a great one for audiences to see – especially if they've not seen much Shakespeare before. A lot of the comedy is visual and situational so it's really accessible to audiences of all ages.'

Ms Lovett added: 'The audience can expect to see a light-hearted and fast-paced comedy with a happy ending.'

The production is the last in the theatre's 2011/2012 season and the line-up for the next season has already been announced.

It includes productions of The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, Flare Path by Terence Rattigan and Silly Cow by Ben Elton. The Comedy of Errors runs from Thursday to Saturday this week and July 25 to 28, with a matinee on the 28th.

Tickets can be bought from Customer Services, 2nd Floor, Jarrolds, Norwich, or by phoning 01603 697248. Visit www.sewellbarn.org for further information.

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