The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame

Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th September  7.45 pm

Without doubt The Comedy of Errors is the nearest William Shakespeare came to writing a true farce.

Thame Players’ production is set in no particular period, but somewhere early to mid-20th century at Ephesus, a Greek town.  The story involves two sets of identical twins, the sons of Aegeon, both called Antipholus – one of Syracuse and one of Ephesus – and their servants – both called Dromio, again one of Syracuse and one of Ephesus.

The two sets of twins were separated 23 years earlier in a violent storm at sea.  When aged 18 Antipholus of Syracuse set out with his servant to find his long-lost brother and has arrived in Ephesus.  Meanwhile his father, Aegeon, has set out to find both his sons and he too has arrived in Ephesus.  The only snag is that people from Syracuse are banned from Ephesus on pain of death.  Aegeon, a Syracusian, is discovered and sentenced to death by the ruler, Duke Solinus.  The duke is sympathetic to Aegeon’s plight and gives him until dusk to raise 1000 marks or the death sentence will be carried out.

Learning of the ban on Syracusians, Antipholus and Dromio take on local dress before going to explore the town.  Unknown to them, their twin brothers, having been saved from the storm that separated the family, have since become prominent residents in the town.

Many scenes of mistaken identity take place when the two sets of twins are mistaken for each other.  Accusations and counter accusations abound until eventually the sets of twins meet at last and all ends happily – in true farcical style.

Whether you are a Shakespeare fan or simply looking for a very funny evening’s entertainment, The Comedy of Errors is a play not to be missed.

Tickets cost £9, or £8 for concessions, and can be obtained online here or from Spear Travels, Greyhound Walk, Thame, telephone 01844 217228.