Review: The Comedy of Errors at Norwich Cathedral

The Lord Chamberlain'�s Men in Shakespeare'�s The Comedy of Errors, at Norwich Cathedral. Picture:Ja

The Lord Chamberlain'�s Men in Shakespeare'�s The Comedy of Errors, at Norwich Cathedral. Picture:Jack Offord - Credit: Archant

Known as one of Shakespeare's shortest and most farcical plays, The Comedy of Errors has been brought to life with aplomb by the The Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Amid the grand backdrop of Norwich Cathedral's cloisters and spire the all-make cast deliver their lines with obvious delight, and it's infectious.

There are some serious themes underlying the story - domestic abuse, infidelity - but they're not what the play is about - this is comedy through wordplay and slapstick as the Elizabethans would have loved it.

The improbable plot follows two sets of twins, separated at birth, who unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day.

The actors dash about the stage, playing multiple roles and rounding out the action with a couple of a cappella numbers.


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For newcomers to Shakespeare, this is the perfect place to start, and it should also be a delight to those familiar with the Bard but perhaps not his lesser-known works.

Continues today (Saturday, July 15) at 7pm, tickets from cathedral.org.uk

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