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Propeller bring Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream to Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

By Jonathan Whiley

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Propeller bring to life two of Shakespeare's famous plays

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TWO of Shakespeare’s most famous plays look set to captivate Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre this week.

Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by renowned all-male theatre troupe, Propeller.

It marks a return to the venue from the company who thrilled audiences with their breathless production of The Taming Of The Shrew last year.

Arguably one of the Bard’s most magical plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream sees love and illusion collide when two pairs of lovers become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a Royal Wedding.

Dreams and reality become interchangeable and it’s not long before romantic chaos ensues.

Comedy of Errors on the other hand, is wholly different in tone, almost farce-like in its nature.

It sees two sets of estranged twins – separated at birth – who find themselves in the same city 25 years later.

A series of mistaken identities, assumed personas, and wild mishaps bring a family crisis – so complicated that time itself loses the plot – into heart-warming focus.

Fortunately though, the audience are always one step ahead.

Director Edward Hall, said: “Propeller is all about how we approach a show, how we treat our audience, how we bring life to the words and stories we put across, how the camaraderie of the company spreads to the people who are watching.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Comedy of Errors are Propeller’s most commercially successful and critically-acclaimed productions.

“Our Dream’s’ combination of magic, romance and humour and Comedy’s cast- iron, fast-paced farce provides a real opportunity to bring new audiences to Shakespeare.

“Simply put, whether people choose to see one or both, they are in for a good night out, with a capital G.”

Performances of A Midsummer Night’ Dream take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7.45pm with an additional matinee at 2pm on Thursday.

Comedy of Errors will be performed tomorrow and again on Friday at 7.45pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday.

Tickets cost from £14 to £28.

Call 01242 572573.

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