RSC returning to Barbican

London theatre news: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Comedy of Errors from the RSC will transfer to the Barbican for 6 weeks from 16 November following its summer season in Stratford-upon-Avon and a national tour.
The Comedy of Errors at the Barbican Centre from the RSC

Image (c) RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company is heading back to the Barbican with its production of The Comedy of Errors transferring for a strictly limited season from 16 November to 31 December 2021.

The production, directed by Phillip Breen, had been due to be part of the RSC's summer season in 2020 but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 17-strong cast includes members of the original company, with a number of roles recast.

Phillip Breen commented ...

"I am beyond excited to be making my debut at the Barbican this autumn with this production of The Comedy of Errors.

It's an extraordinary play, not least because of how it resonates with the times we now find ourselves in - a play of family reunions, people finding each other once again, people holding each other at sunset - it seems entirely apt for this moment, and for the RSC to be reunited with the Barbican once again this autumn."

RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, added ...

"The Royal Shakespeare Company's home is in the very heart of the country, but we have always cherished our strong presence in London, the theatre capital of the world.

This autumn we will be back at the Barbican, Gielgud Theatre and Cambridge Theatre and we cannot wait.

I look forward to returning to the Barbican, sharing our summer production of The Comedy of Errors with London audiences.

The play, directed by Phillip Breen, a master of comedy, is one of Shakespeare's most hilarious and joy-filled, but with its accompanying themes of separation, loss and ultimate reunion it also chimes with our challenging times."

Booking for the Comedy of Errors at the Barbican will begin from 29 June (for RSC Major Supporters, Production Circle, Artists Circle and Gold Patrons) with public booking starting from 9 July.

The production's opening night will be on 23 November at 7pm.

Show listing information


A father ends up in the wrong country on the wrong day as a government makes hasty proclamations about travel.

A lonely son, while searching for his brother, loses himself.

Across town a wife starts to realise her husband is not the man she thought he was (but rather likes it).

Will anything ever be the same again?


Toyin Ayedun-alase

Jonathan Broadbent

Antony Bunsee

Alfred Clay

Hedydd Dylan

William Grint

Greg Haiste

Avita Jay

Zoe Lambert

Guy Lewis

Dyfrig Morris

Baker Mukasa

Patrick Osborne

Rowan Polonski

Nicholas Prasad

Riad Richie

Sarah Seggari


Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Paddy Cunneen
Director: Phillip Breen
Designer: Max Jones
Lighting: Tina Machugh
Sound: Dyfan Jones
Fight director: Renny Krupinski
Movement: Charlotte Broom
Production: Royal Shakespeare Company


Barbican Centre - Barbican Theatre
Silk Street


From: Tuesday 16 November 2021

Closed: Friday 31 December 2021


Standard: From £20 - £57.50 with a limited number of Premium Seats at £72.50


Groups and schools rates available on selected performances

Day seats will be available at £10

£5 tickets available for 14-25 year olds


Show website
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