The Comedy of Errors and Richard III

Bard in the Barracks’ Twelfth Season to feature The Comedy of Errors and Richard III, June 22-July 9

Bard in the Barracks is going all out for Canada 150 this summer by mounting our most ambitious season ever! Twos (and threes) will be wild as we will be staging not one but TWO brand new productions of a pair of the Bard’s best-loved works. Together, the plays will span the days leading up to and following Canada Day, running from June 22nd to July 9th, in two different locations, and offering audiences a combination of two vastly different show experiences.

Fans of Shakespearean comedy will have their funny bones tickled by The Comedy of Errors, which will be performed in Barracks Square June 22-29. A high-spirited farce, the play depicts the chaos that results when two pairs of long-separated identical twins unknowingly find themselves in the same city, leading cases of mistaken identity to spiral out of control and threatening dangerous consequences.

Action will then shift to Odell Park for the dark historical tragedy of Richard III, set to run June 30-July 9. The story of the infamous monarch whose skill at treachery and murder propelled him briefly and uneasily to the English throne will be staged in our trademark promenade style, which sees the audience follow the action between different locations in the park. Dark dealings, murderous shrieks, and ghostly apparitions will fill the darkest corners of the forest as you witness the tale of a politician who uses brash charisma and underhanded tactics to overcome long odds and the handicaps of his personal repulsiveness to attain the highest office in the land. Not that anything like that has ever happened recently, right…?

It’s going to be an exciting summer! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for full details regarding the shows, performance schedules, and ticket sales.

Open auditions for the plays will take place April 21 and 23, with details to be posted here in the next 48 hours.

For more information, email lfalken@unb.ca or phone 506 458-7406.

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