AN award-winning town centre theatre continues the celebrations for its 50th anniversary season.

The Mercury Theatre's next production is William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Ryan McBryde the Mercury’s creative director.

The full cast has finally been announced, which includes real twins who will play Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus.

Danielle and Nichole Bird have both performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre among many other performances.


Other members of the cast are Daniel Burke, Jessica Dives, Rosalind Ford, Lucy Keirl, Michael Lambourne and Mike Slader who all have a history of theatre performances in UK tours and beyond.

Aaliyah Zhane is making her professional stage debut in the show in the role of Duke Solinus and Calypso.

In the comedy, twins who were separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day.

With many twists, turns and mishaps, this version of the play is set in the roaring 20s and is full of puns and slapsticks to get the audience laughing.


This performance will be the last in the theatre’s calendar of anniversary celebrations.

The theatre recently won the Employer of the Year award led by executive director Steve Mannix and executive producer Tracey Childs.

The building was renovated on 2021 to be made accessible throughout and it was placed in the top 25 per cent of public buildings in the UK for environmental standards

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Creative Director Ryan McBryde said: “It’s really exciting to be able to announce a cast for The Comedy of Errors that features an actual pair of twins alongside our hugely talented players for the Bard’s very own madcap comedy." 

Steve Mannix, Executive Director, said: “Our golden anniversary season of 2022 is a confident step into the next fifty years in our iconic building, with two new Mercury Productions - Blackmail and The Comedy of Errors - leading the way."

The show is on from now until May 28 at the theatre in Colchester town centre.