I went to see the Comedy of Errors performed by the RSC in Stratford today, Brian and I meeting Boo and Trev at the theatre. It was brilliant.
The story is basically a farce based around the premise that two pairs of identical twins were separated as babies and end up in the same city. And it was hilarious. The actors who played the two Dromios (the servants) were absolutely wonderful, and the actress who played the wife of one of them was equally good. There is a bit towards the end where she is describing all the mix ups of the day to the Duke which was a tour de force. The timing and the use of changes of tone were so expertly done, and the timing thoughout - superb.
We laughed and laughed. But the director had also given it a darkness because Ephesus (where it is based) had a Duke who will put to death anyone who comes from Syracuse (where the twins father comes from) and the father is at threat of death through the whole event, although he is saved at the end. By setting it in a modern location, and making the threat of death real it gave an additional depth to what is otherwise a very light play. It was very effective.
Then we went and had a cream tea which was excellent.
Now we are home and I have a glass of wine, Brian has a beer. Brilliant.