Actor and comedian Lenny Henry stars in Shakespeare’s comedy of identical twins and identity confusion, The Comedy Of Errors.

What are the chances? Two sets of twins, who were separated at birth find themselves in the same city for one crazy day. While they don’t meet each other, everyone who meets them is thoroughly confused, leading to all manner of bizarre and infuriating mistakes. More confused than anyone are Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse who, outsiders in a new metropolis, find themselves both treated to baffling gift and treated with extreme hostility. Meanwhile Aegeon, father of the Antipholus twins, who was searching for his sons, has been captured as an illegal immigrant and sentenced to death at sunset.

This new production of The Comedy Of Errors, directed by the Royal Court’s Artistic Director Dominic Cooke, places the action in a contemporary setting.

Lenny Henry, who leads the cast of The Comedy Of Errors is best known as a comedian, though after a long career making people laugh, he made his Shakespearean debut in the title role of the Northern Broadside’s production of Othello which played in London in 2009.

For more about The Comedy Of Errors at the National Theatre read the Big Interview with Michelle Terry or the First Night Feature.

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