Annual Shakespeare Festival starts today

2010-05-11 00:00

SHAKESPEARE’S delightful madcap comedy about mistaken identity­, The Comedy of Errors, will be presented at the annual Shakespeare­ Festival at the University­ of KwaZulu-Natal Durban­’s Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre from today­ until May 16.

In the tradition of the previous highly successful productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, A Winter’s Tale and As You Like It, the production aims to foster appreciation of Shakespeare as an accessible and living playwright, particularly for younger pupils­.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story­ of two sets of twins who were separated at birth. When their paths overlap, a series of complications, mistaken identities and general­ chaos ensues which leads to conflict, love and arrest with accusations of infidelity, madness and criminal activity.

It is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays — and his shortest — and is one of his most farcical and frothy comedies.

To put an interesting spin on the proceedings, the play is set in contemporary Durban in and around the Moses Mabhida Stadium and against the backdrop of the World Cup. The performers are all World Cup fans who are visiting Durban to catch the football and include a fake healer, a prostitute and vendors. Entertainment includes current­ music and the Diski Dance.

The Comedy of Errors runs for six shows only, at 6.30 pm nightly. Tickets­ are R30 (R15 pupils, students­, pensioners and block bookings over 10). Teachers taking pupils are admitted free. To book, phone Claudette Wagner at 031 260 3133 or e-mail wagnerc1@ ukzn.ac.za — Arts Editor.

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