SWINDON’S oldest acting group will revive a 250-year-old tale of two twins’ love tussle.

Next week, the Western Players bring Carlo Goldoni’s The Venetian Twins to the Devizes Road Arts Centre.

Famous in recent years as the playwright who inspired James Corden’s West End smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, Italian playwright Goldoni was responsible for scores of plays – most of them comedies.

The Venetian Twins follows the adventures of identical twins Tonino and Zanetto.

Separated at birth, they both travel to Verona in search of their respective loves.

Over 67 scenes, the hapless pair barge their way through marriage-trading, sword-fighting and a casket of stolen jewels.

Director Godfrey Room wanted to bring a Goldoni play to Swindon after watching One Man, Two Guvnors in London.

“People in Swindon deserve a comedy play,” he said. “Something that’s a bit light-hearted, fun and brings a bit of culture.”

With a cast of 15 speaking parts and a crew of 25, it’s required a lot of work for the Western Players.

“It’s the biggest play we’ve had for some time,” said Godfrey.

Despite the hard work, Godfrey is looking forward to opening night on Wednesday.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun with it. In those grey days of dark November we hope to bring a smile to people’s faces.”

The Venetian Twins is at the Arts Centre from Wednesday, November 8, to Saturday, November 11, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £13, concessions £11. For more and to buy tickets, visit: www.swindontheatres.co.uk.