The Bard’s plays staged

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Two com­pa­nies, two plays, one brief – dis­man­tle some of Shake­speare’s finest works and re­assem­ble them in an 80-minute play.

A group of third-year act­ing stu­dents will be tak­ing to the stage to per­form Shake­speare’s The Com­edy of Er­rors and Ham­let at Unitec Theatre from to­day.

Unitec’s 2013 Shake­speare sea­son, di­rected by both Jacque Drew and Ben Hen­son, prom­ises to serve up a few sur­prises.

Ms Drew is giv­ing old-school slap­stick hu­mour a mod­ern edge in The Com­edy of Er­rors while Mr Hen­son gives Ham­let a slick and surreal twist.

Grey Lynn’s Al­bert Walker is to take the lead role of Ham­let.

The for­mer surf life­saver gave up his post to follow his dis­tant rel­a­tives and Bri­tish act­ing leg­ends Sir Michael and Vanessa Red­grave into a ca­reer in act­ing.

Mr Walker says he shares a close con­nec­tion with the role of Ham­let. ‘‘He is a young man learn­ing to be a man and find­ing the truth about his par­ents’ fu­til­ity.’’

Mt Roskill’s Amy Atkin­son and San­dring­ham’s Jessie Lawrence will be tread­ing the boards in The Com­edy of Er­rors.

Both plays run un­til June 15 at the Unitec Theatre, En­try 1, Car­ring­ton Rd, Mt Al­bert.

Go to or call 361 1000 for tick­ets.

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