London’s National Theatre will broadcast a new NT Live production of “The Comedy of Errors” Thursday, March 1 to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. The play will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. and rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23, $15 for students, general admission. For tickets and more information, call 594-0070, or visit

Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. As this classic tale goes, two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale — and for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio, searching for their brothers. The buzzing metropolis appears to the outsiders a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound.

Director Dominic Cooke, artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, gives this well-known play a new and fresh twist. The productions stars the hugely popular comedian and actor Lenny Henry, making his National Theatre debut. The full program with intermission runs three hours.

The Strand Theatre is the exclusive Midcoast-area venue for this series of plays, captured live in high-definition from London’s prestigious National Theatre. The next and final production of this NTLive season is “She Stoops to Conquer” on March 29.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to