by Carlo Goldini (translated by Ranjit Bolt) Nov 2017
Bargello: Chris Hall Lelio: Colin Jones
Brighella: Roger Trayhurn Dr Balanzoni: Clive Baker
Tiberzio: Enrico Bosa Florindo: Tom Freegard
Arlecchino: Matt Hemmings Pancrazio: Craig Fox
Beatrice: Sarah Cousens Rosaura: Susan Pearson
Colombina: Ruth Davies Zannetto/Tonino: John Fisher
Porter: Robert Elrick
Produced by Godfrey Room
Twins separated at birth turn up in Verona, one for an arranged marriage and the other to meet a girl who has run away from her family for him.
They are mistaken for each other and the resulting chaos includes duels, betrayals, spats, arrests, a casket of stolen jewels, and a death from poisoned wine: the show's comic high point!
The Venetian Twins was the comic hit of the 1994 Off-Broadway season. Written in 1743 by the master of Italian comedy, this piece of slapstick foolery hasn't lost an ounce of freshness.