Two sets of identical twins – separated in a shipwreck at birth – unwittingly cross paths in the magical city of Ephesus. Plunged into a whirlpool of confusion, a series of chance encounters leads to mistaken identities at every turn: claimed as husband, friend and master by complete strangers, each begins to wonder whether he is losing his wits. Meanwhile, sucked precariously into the muddle are a pair of spirited sisters, who discover that love at first sight isn’t easy when two men look the same!
Be swept away as this sensational story of family and true love unfolds. Following the success of The Taming of the Shrew (2003) and Twelfth Night (2004), Cambridge University’s critically acclaimed Marlowe Society invite you to join them for a carnival of magic and mayhem in this enchanting romantic comedy.
London-based director Laura Baggaley is no stranger to Cambridge theatre, having directed Romeo and Juliet for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in 2002. Her previous collaborations with designer Simon Kenny include an acclaimed production of Carmen for Hampstead Garden Opera in 2003. Last summer Laura directed for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, working with Cambridge composer Rebecca Applin, who has also created an original score for The Comedy of Errors.
The Marlowe has a long-standing reputation for producing top-quality drama, and is known for launching the careers of theatre luminaries such as Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellan and Sam Mendes. More recently, Daniel Stevens starred in the Marlowe Society’s production of Macbeth, where he caught the eye of Sir Peter Hall. Dan can currently be found playing Orlando in Hall’s London production of As You Like It.