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SHAKESPEARE IN THE BOTANICAL GARDENS

FOR more than 20-years, thousands of Tasmanians have packed a picnic and headed to Shakespeare in the Gardens at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

This year director Tai Gardner has returned to direct Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’.

The Comedy of Errors is fast and furious, with the plot getting wilder and wilder as the play moves to its climax.

Pandemonium ensues when two sets of twins, separated in a shipwreck when babies, meet up 25 years later in the town of Ephesus, with mistaken identities creating farcical confusion.

Mr Gardner said audiences could expect a good laugh from the play.

“The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s first comedy and it’s very funny,” he said.

“It is a lot shorter than a lot of his other plays and focuses more on slapstick and farce.”

Mr Gardner said Comedy of Errors was a great show for families and the Botanicals Gardens was an amazing setting.

“Shakespeare in the Gardens provides a fairly unique experience in that it’s not just about the show, you can come along, bring a picnic in the beautiful Tasmanian Botanical Gardens to soak up the atmosphere, have some wine and cheese, and see the show,” he said

“When I start working on a Shakespeare in the Garden, I try to make it accessible, so we tried really hard to make it enjoyable for all ages.”

The play was worked on since October 2020, with actors having done about 10 hours worth of rehearsals per week.

“We’ve got a really interesting mix of returning performers and new blood that haven’t been there before,” Mr Gardner said.

Shakespeare in the Gardens opened on Friday 29 January and plays Tuesday to Friday at 7pm until 26 February, with there being no show on Friday 19 February.

To purchase a ticket, visit https://www.eventfinda.com.au/2021/the-comedy-of-errors-shakespeare-in-the-gardens/hobart/queens-domain, or the Shakespeare in the Gardens 2021 Facebook page.