The Comedy of Errors and Richard III

Show Details: The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors in Barracks Square

Twenty-five years ago, a fateful shipwreck separated two pairs of identical twins not long after their births. Now Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio are wandering the earth, seeking their long-lost brothers. Their journey takes them to Ephesus where, unbeknownst to them, their identical siblings, also named Antipholus and Dromio, reside. Their arrival sets off an escalating series of double-takes, double-crosses, and double-trouble that threatens to have deadly consequences.

Set in the Swinging Seventies seaside town of Ephesus, Italy, The Comedy of Errors is a bright, breezy, and hilarious family-friendly comedy of mistaken identity(s), filled with a cast of zany and colourful characters, and presented in an innovative site-specific staging in one of Fredericton’s most beautiful and historic settings.

Read on for full show details below!

Show dates and times: The Comedy of Errors

Preview performance (with reduced ticket price): Thursday June 22 at 7:30 PM.

Evening performances: Friday June 23, Saturday June 24, Tuesday June 27, Wednesday June 28, and Thursday June 29 starting at 7:30 PM.

Matinee performances: Sunday June 25 and Sunday July 2 starting at 2 PM.

Run time: Approximately 90 minutes, not including intermission.

Seating and accessibility: All seating is general admission. Audience members remain seated in one spot throughout the show (imagine that..!) so performances are fully accessible. The best seats in the house will be in our bleacher seating unit. There will be an additional area for lawn chairs, but since this space is not large we would like to reserve it only for those who would find sitting in the bleachers physically difficult.

Reduced seating July 2: Bleacher seating is unavailable for our final performance on July 2 at 2 PM. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawnchair for this performance only.

Show dates and times: Richard III in Odell Park

The Comedy of Errors will be running in repertory with our second production, Richard III, which will be performed on the following dates:

Preview performance (with reduced ticket price): Sunday June 25 at 7:30 PM.

Regular performances: Friday June 30 and Sunday July 2 through Sunday July 9 nightly at 7:30 PM (but please arrive at the park by 7:15).

Twinbill Shakespeare Sundays!

Are you up for the challenge? In town for only a short time? A true Shakespeare fanatic? Curious to see how the same group of actors handles performing two Shakespeare plays in one day? On Sunday June 25 and Sunday July 2 join us at 2 PM for The Comedy of Errors in Barracks Square and at 7:30 PM for Richard III in Odell Park. If you see both plays in one day, there might just be a special reward for you!

Tickets: Tickets for The Comedy of Errors in Barracks Square and Richard III in Odell Park are available at the door or in advance online from our website.

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets

Regular performances: $18 regular, $15 for Seniors and the Un/Underwaged, $10 for Students (valid student i.d. required). Children 10 and under are free.

Preview performance*: (June 22): $14 regular, $12 Senior/Unwaged, $8 for Students (valid student i.d. required). Children 10 and under free. Preview tickets are available at the door only.

*Note: Advance tickets purchased online are subject to a $1 (per ticket) service fee.

Twinbill Passes: Attend any regular performances of both The Comedy of Errors and Richard III in Odell Park with one of our twinbill passes and your second show is half price! Twinbill passes are priced at $27 Regular, $22 Senior/Un/Underwaged, and $15 Student, offering a big savings over the price of two single tickets. Passes can be purchased at the door of either production. They cannot be purchased in advance online, but any single ticket purchased online can be converted into a twinbill pass at the door of either production with a cash purchase of your half-price second ticket.

Another Way to Save: Come as a Group Groups of five or more will save $3 per person in the group. Please reserve your group tickets in advance by emailing nbacts@unb.ca to indicate the names of the people in your party and the performance you plan to attend. Please note that student tickets are not eligible for the special group rate.

*FAQ: What is a preview? It’s the final dress rehearsal for the play and first time with an audience for the show, allowing the cast and crew a chance to make final adjustments to the performance.)

FAQ: What is “Un/Underwaged”? If you would like to see the show but owing to your employment/financial situation you feel you cannot afford the full ticket price and would appreciate a small discount, you can identify as such, no questions asked.

Ticket purchases at the door (near the entrance to Barracks square at the corner of Carleton and Queen streets) are cash only. Advance tickets must be purchased for a specific performance. Audience numbers will be capped in the range of 150-200, a generous number that should preclude sellouts; however, buying advance tickets or showing up early is advisable on fair weather nights in particular. For information on ticket availability, email nbacts@unb.ca or phone 458-7406 during our regular box office hours (12:00-4:00 PM) or 478-1288 after hours.

Advance tickets purchased for rained-out performances can be used for subsequent shows or returned for refund (call or email us to arrange your refund). If rain forces the cancellation of a performance already in progress, audience members can use their ticket stub for free admittance to a subsequent performance, or can opt for a ticket refund if the stoppage occurs prior to intermission. For more on our weather policy, see below.

What to Bring: Raincoat and hat if threat of rain; a blanket or cushion to sit on, especially if there has been rain earlier in the day. A lawnchair if you feel you need one and for July 2nd performance (see note on seating above). And bringing your own insect repellent is never a bad idea, as the odd mosquito has been known to inhabit Barracks Square.

What Not to Bring: Your dog. You love him; we probably would too. But audience members will be at close quarters, and for the safety and comfort of all involved, we ask you to leave Fido at home. For the same reason please don’t bring a lot of stuff—it will take up limited audience space. And please no smoking during the show.

Is it Suitable for the Kids?: It depends…on your kid! Our production will feature plenty of action to keep the younger set interested, but you are the best judge of your child’s interest in a full-length Shakespeare play. The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s shortest play and a whole lot of fun, but it also features quite a bit of slapstick cartoonish violence.

Where to Find Us: For the information of our out-of-town visitors, Barracks Square is located in downtown Fredericton at the corner of Carleton and Queen streets.

Food and Drink in the Square: Bard in the Barracks will operate a small concession stand at the show offering some basic snacks and beverages.

Our rainy weather policy and procedures: Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling the show. We cancel performances very rarely, and only in case of sustained rain or threat of thunderstorms at show time. Rain earlier in the day will not cause show cancellations, but bring a blanket so you don’t have to sit on wet ground or bleachers. The play will go ahead in case of intermittent light rain/drizzle, so audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately.

Because we try to avoid cancellations, decisions on whether to proceed with the show will sometimes not be made until quite close to show time (around 7 PM). For updates on show status, please call our office at 458-7406, or one of our company cell phones (478-1288 or 238-3038) after office hours. Weather-related show updates will also be sent out via Twitter (follow us: @BardBarracks), FaceBook, and posted on this website.

In the event of our final performance or performances being rained out (or cancelled by post-Tropical Storms … not that that has ever happened before…), additional performances may be added to the run. Check this site for updates. Better yet, come see the show early on to avoid rainout heartbreak!

Questions? Contact us at (506) 458-7406 or nbacts@unb.ca. Bard Artistic Director Len Falkenstein can be reached at lfalken@unb.ca.

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