This year, the very talented members of The Resuscitation Theatre in Abu Dhabi take on Shakespeare by bringing to the stage 'The Comedy of Errors' which is one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. It is also his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies. It was first performed on December 28, 1594, as part of the Christmas festivities.
'A Comedy of Errors' tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus.
When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities leads to wrongful beatings, adventure, romance, and suspense in a play that while not one of shakespeare's masterpieces can be said to be both clever and original and still popular today.
Launched in 2002, the Resuscitation Theatre is an innovation company founded by Maggie Hannan. It exists as a type of defibrillator for classic texts: beloved literature of the past is reworked into modern forms that are accessible to contemporary audiences.
In Abu Dhabi, Resuscitation Theatre has explored a new initiative: the meshing of Arab and English culture. Nowhere was this more in evidence than in its recent production of The Rivals, as part of Abu Dhabi Festival. 'The costume blend and Emiratisation of the text created a truly unique form of theatre'. Check out their Facebook page HERE.
'The Comedy of Errors' will show at Abu Dhabi Emirates Writers Union housed in the National Theatre (17th St, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Tel: 02 401 2066) on April 22, 23 & will also be playing at the Abu Dhabi Art Hub in Mussafah on April 25 & 29. Tickets can be purchased at the door.