Cast announced for The Comedy of Errors at Mercury Theatre

Casting has been announced for The Comedy of Errors at Mercury Theatre.

Directed by Creative Director Ryan McBryde, the production opens on 18 May 2022, with previews from 13 May, and runs until 28 May 2022 as part of the venue’s 50th Anniversary.

The cast will star real life twins Danielle Bird and Nichole Bird as Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, alongside Daniel Burke (Antipholus of Syracuse), Jessica Dives (Emilia/Nell), Rosalind Ford (Adriana/Balthazar), Lucy Keirl (Luciana/Nestor/Officer), Michael Lambourne (Egeon/Angelo/Dr Pinch), Mike Slader (Antipholus of Ephesus) and Aaliyah Zhane (Duke Solinus/Calypso).

The creative team includes assistant director Michael Cottrell, designer James Button, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Ella Wahlström, musical director Jessica Dives, movement director Michaela Meazza, fight director Haruka Kuroda and casting director Marc Frankum.

In Shakespeare’s screwball comedy, two sets of twins separated at birth unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day, leading to a string of mistaken identities and chaotic mishaps.

Set at the decadent Hotel Esphesus in the roaring 20s, our wild, whirling production of the bard’s first and funniest farce is packed to the rafters with puns, slapstick and gags galore.

Creative Director Ryan McBryde said: “It’s really exciting to be able to announce a cast for The Comedy of Errors that features an actual pair of twins alongside our hugely talented players for the Bard’s very own madcap comedy!

“Rehearsals start next month and we’re really looking forward to creating a production set in the Golden Jazz Age, taking influences from Grand Budapest Hotel and Great Gatsby. The show will celebrate our 50th anniversary and will feature a brilliant score of vintage pop tracks arranged by our fabulous Musical Director Jess Dives.”

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