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National Theatre to broadcast Shakespeare comedy

5th September 2011

A production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre is to be broadcast in cinemas worldwide in 2012, it has been announced.

The play will debut on November 22nd this year, with a cast including Lenny Henry, who won the 2009 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for his performance in Othello.

The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest works and concerns two sets of twins who are separated at birth but later reunite, leading to cases of mistaken identity and arrest.

Henry will play Antipholus of Syracuse in the production, which will be screened worldwide on March 1st 2012 as part of a new project intended to promote Shakespearean theatre on a global scale.

Dominic Cooke, artistic director of the Royal Court in London, is to direct the play, which will run at the National's Olivier Theatre.

The National Theatre's other autumn productions include a revival of Juno and the Paycock, which will star Sinead Cusack and Ciaran Hinds.

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