Review: The Comedy of Errors, Red Rose Chain Theatre in the Forest, Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, to August 23

Red Rose Chain, Theatre in the Forest, The Comedy of Errors

Red Rose Chain, Theatre in the Forest, The Comedy of Errors - Credit: Archant

Always reliable yet never predictable, this is one of my favourite nights of the year.

The first of two plays this summer, chaos ensues when two sets of separated twins and their clueless kin unwittingly cross paths.

The Shakespearean staple of mistaken identities is like putty in director Joanna Carrick’s hands, shaping it into a contemporary cocktail of farce, witty wordplay and some genuinely touching moments – with some saucy Latin dancing thrown in.

With an eye for casting, there was cracking chemistry between the six-strong crew.

Each performer revelled in their licence to be ridiculous, with some particularly impressive tree and wand work from Tristan Pate and Laurence Pears. You’ll see what I mean when you go.

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Regular audiences will undoubtedly compare it to last year’s excellent The Taming of the Shrew. I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.

Roll on the second of their shows, Wuthering Heights, running August 6-24.

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Wayne Savage

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