U.K. Comic Lenny Henry to Star in National Theatre's The Comedy of Errors

News   U.K. Comic Lenny Henry to Star in National Theatre's The Comedy of Errors
Lenny Henry, the British TV and stage comic who made his Shakespearean debut in 2009 playing the title role in Othello in a production that premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds before transferring to the West End's Trafalgar Studios,  will return to the Bard to star as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, in a new production to be staged as the National's big family Christmas show in the Olivier Theatre.

Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry

The production will begin performances in November, under the direction of Dominic Cooke, artistic director of the Royal Court who is making his NT directing debut with it. Cooke, who has previously worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, is also currently represented in the West End by his production of Clybourne Park, running at Wyndham's Theatre.

Henry won the 2009 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance as Othello, because although widely recognized for his TV work, he was a theatrical novice.

He will be joined in the company by actor Chris Jarman playing his long-separated twin brother Antipholus of Ephesus.

No further details are available yet, and booking has not yet opened.

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