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The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to Perform The Comedy of Errors at the Festival

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By Liz Armstrong

As part of a strategic partnership with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London is bringing The Comedy of Errors to Festival audiences.

The production will run from August 1-5, 9:30 a.m. in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. 

“Our audiences are in for such a treat,” Interim Artistic Director Derek Charles Livingston said. “[RADA] has put together a whiz-bang version of one of our audience’s favorites of Shakespeare’s.” 

This is an exceptional experience that Festival patrons won’t want to miss out on––as the actors have extensive training from this prestigious London academy. 

“This is the second year of our partnership with the famed British acting school, and the presentation last year of Much Ado About Nothing was pure delight,” Livingston said. The emphasis of this partnership is on the art of contemporary Shakespeare performance and training from the Bard’s homeland. 

The RADA training program boasts a number of exceptional alumni that have seen success as actors, including Alan Rickman, Allison Janney, Anthony Hopkins, Glenda Jackson, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, and Richard Attenborough. And the next RADA “star” just may be on the Festival stage this summer.

In addition to seeing such accomplished actors, The Comedy of Errors is 90-minutes of fast-paced Shakespeare. RADA describes it as “a classic farce of mistaken identity sprinkled with Shakespearean magic and heart.”

“This one-week-only presentation of one of the Bard’s most funny plays is being presented in our Anes Theatre, where our audiences will be up close to all the action and wit in The Comedy of Errors,” Livingston said. 

To purchase tickets, which are $20, visit bard.org/plays/rada-the-comedy-of-errors, call 800-PLAYTIX, or visit the ticket office in person.

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