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Shakespeare’s comedy in Tory Street carpark


News from Summer Sheakespeare Trust
Summer Shakespeare Wellington celebrates the 35th year with its first ever production of the favourite farce “The Comedy of Errors”. The Samuel Phillips directed show will run 16th February – 3rd March. While some Shakespeare can drag on for hours this is the rare Shakespearean play that can be fitted into one riotous 100-minute act.

The 2018 production will take up residence in Wellington’s Reading Carpark where it will be part of the newly redesigned Tory Street. This location brings Shakespeare into the heart of the CBD and the production will be the first event to take place in this pedestrian friendly space.

“The Comedy of Errors is set in Ephesus which, like Wellington, is an incredibly welcoming city; you can make a home and explore who you want to be. Our city enables you to have adventures, to be anyone, to find yourself. We invite you to join our Summer Shakespeare family for The Comedy of Errors.” – said Director Samuel Phillips

Summer Shakespeare Wellington is a labour of love not lost by the Summer Shakespeare Trust and is made possible thanks to the support of Victoria University of Wellington – 2/3 of the cast and 1/2 of the crew are either students or alumni. The first Summer Shakespeare was on Victoria University of Wellington’s campus and the relationship continues 35 years.

The Comedy of Errors is a fast-paced farce about two sets of long-lost identical twins who have miraculously stumbled into town on the same day. The play takes place on a single day in Ephesus, a buzzing harbour town not unlike Wellington. In sticking with the twin themes, the play will have its two lead actors switching roles each night. So, come once, come twice and see if you can tell these twins apart.

Summer Shakespeare Trust is also grateful for the continued support of the Wellington City Council and our new hosts at Courtenay Central/Reading Car Park.

Dates: 16th February – 3rd March
Times: 7.30pm Tue-Sat, 4.00pm Sun
Venue: Reading Carpark – cnr Tory and Wakefield Streets
Costs: $12 /$18

Homepage – during show

PRODUCER: Sally Thorburn
DIRECTOR: Samuel Phillips
STAGE MANAGER: Hannah Lee Japes