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Published on March 27th, 2009 | by darraghdoyle


Win tickets to see The Comedy of Errors at the Abbey Theatre

When was the last time you were at the theatre? What about Dublin’s Abbey Theatre? What do you mean you’ve never been?

Well, here’s your chance – win two tickets to see William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors in the Abbey Theatre on Thursday, April 2.

**EDIT** this competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

What meanest thou when thou sayest thou has never seen Shakespeare performed since thine Certificate of Leaving?


What the play is about:

Two sets of identical twins are separated in childhood. Years later, they all show up in the same place at the same time. THE COMEDY OF ERRORS tells the story of a father, mother, brothers, sisters, masters and servants, all of whom find themselves confused, baffled and bewildered by the events of a single day.

One man is sentenced to death, another finds love. One wife finds her long lost husband, another finds she has two husbands… let confusion reign!

The blurb from the Abbey:

The Abbey Theatre is delighted to present a major new production of William Shakespeare’s mischievous and farcical tour de force, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. This production is directed by Jason Byrne, who was also at the helm of the hugely popular ROMEO AND JULIET (2008), and JULIUS CAESAR (2007).  THE COMEDY OF ERRORS continues what is now an annual staple of the Abbey’s programme, a large-scale production of one of the works of William Shakespeare.

Opening on Tuesday 31 March 2009, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS boasts an exceptional cast of 15 actors – Charlie Bonner, Simon Boyle, Joanne Crawford, Jon Cronin, Peter Daly, Susannah De Wrixon, John Kavanagh, Damien Kearney, Gerard Kelly, Rory Nolan, Helen Norton, Ciarán O’Brien, Natalie Radmall Quirke, Deirdre Roycroft and Karl Sheils.


What you have to do for the tickets:

It’s quite simple really –  I’d like these tickets to go to someone who has either never been to the Abbey either for ages or ever!  If that’s you, just comment and the tickets will be drawn at random from the entrants. We will ask for a short review afterwards. You don’t have to write it Shakespearian style if you don’t want to.

Winners will be chosen on the afternoon of Monday March 30 and this is open to all readers and posters on Culch.ie except the administrators. Just to be fair, in sooth.

**EDIT** this competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Thanks to David at the Abbey for the tickets.

Just FYI, Rory Nolan, acting in this play, was the actor introducing the Best Arts and Culture blog in the Irish Blog Award intro videos.

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30 Responses to Win tickets to see The Comedy of Errors at the Abbey Theatre

  1. Emma says:

    It has been about 4 years since I was at the Abbey – does that qualify me?!

  2. Darragh says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to the Abbey, or if I have it was quite a long time ago.. Either that or I reeeeeally want free tickets and am prepared to lie through my teeth to get them 🙂

  3. TheChrisD says:

    The Abbey? That the big hunk of concrete without windows near the LUAS stop?

  4. Never been to the Abbey, would love to check it out 🙂

  5. darraghdoyle says:

    That’s the one – our National Theatre and all that…

  6. Joanna Schaff says:

    Ha! I used to work for the architects that did a fair bit of the design work for the building. Not their best work. Though the interior looked nice in the photos.

  7. Clare says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever been to the Abbey. It’s far outside my price range. Would love ta do the review too, so please pick me 🙂

  8. Deb Doyle says:

    II haven’t been to the Abbey since I was in school. I’d love to go 🙂

  9. colin says:

    i have never been to the abbey and this looks super funny!


  10. Sian Maloney says:

    My beloved Hubbie is from Sheffield and has been asking me for ages to go the Abbey but we just haven’t got around to it!! He is an Abbey Virgin…

    Sian x

  11. Mogueman says:

    Within the Abbey’s walls I ne’er have been,
    Its beauties unto me unheard, unseen.
    But if mine name be picked by chance from hat,
    Then maybe I could go and check it out and get a bit of culture and that like…

  12. Maxi Cane says:

    I was there once, I think. I got a standing ovation.

  13. Ian says:

    The abbey, for too long has y heart yearned to be within its walls, bearing witness to thespian greatness. How I doth long for tickets to the theatre!

  14. NaRocRoc says:

    Maxi, a barring order is not the same thing as a standing ovation.

  15. Eolaí says:

    Haven’t been for 12 years, and been trying to reconnect with what I used to do in Dublin since returning from life in the US over a year ago.

  16. Dave says:

    Never been to the Abbey.
    Saw my first play “Death of Harry Leon” in Smock Alley a couple of weeks ago. ..
    Loved it and want to see more now!

  17. Susan says:

    When I was small my dad pointed at the Abbey and told me it was where monks lived. I thought that was true until about 3 years ago…

  18. Baz says:

    Never been there

  19. I went to the previews last Thursday (Cheaper) with 2 reluctant teenagers. Now they are converts to (the right production) of Shakespeare. It was very funny. two sets of twins, lots of insults, physical humour and Irish accents went down a treat.

  20. I was at the abbey in jan with my mother and really enjoyed the playboy,and even if you do have to pay for the tickets its still great value,try the sat mats,even better value and you are home in time for match of the day.good luck with the production.

  21. Ian says:

    But soft, what chance through firefox window breaks?
    It is free admittance, and a comment is the the cost.
    Arise, fair cinemagoer, and kill the celluloid moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with chickflicks
    That thou, the Abbey, art far more fair than she.

  22. I’ve never been – that help?

  23. Angela C. says:

    I just moved to Dublin and have never been to the Abbey, but my father in law has, and he loves Shakespeare and I’d love to take him!

  24. gemma says:

    I hang my head in shame, I think it may have been my leaving since I was in the Abbey, and I would love to go!

  25. Ken says:

    So I’ve never been to the Abbey, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of. What I’m ashamed of is the fact that I’ve lived in Dublin all my life, and I’ve even studied English in uni, with two separate Irish theatre modules and still never been. (To put that in context, I’ve been to Broadway twice this year already too…)

  26. Rite says:

    i haven’t been to the abbey since my leaving cert when i saw Hamlet which was brilliant and would love to return for another dose of Shakespeare! please pick me for free tickets!

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