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The Comedy of Errors

cutting and notes by John Minigan from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's comedy about mistaken identity.

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 About 60 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 18
5 M | 5 W | 8 Any Gender, + jailers, officers, and attendants, Doubling Possible


Simple Set


 41 pages

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In addition to traditional live stage performance rights, The Comedy of Errors can also be performed under the following scenarios.

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Open the door to Shakespearean performance with these special adaptations. Each page has a sidebar with word translations, acting tips, and character suggestions.

These scripts have also found success in English classes.

Two sets of twins, separated at birth, end up in the same town. A comedy of errors and mistaken identity ensues.

"I gave you the money! You promised me a chain. Why did you lock me out? You ate dinner at home. Where’s my money? Where’s my chain? Demons and ghosts surround us!"

A great combination of Shakespeare, physical action, and slapstick humour.


Characters

 18
5 Men, 5 Women, 8 Any Gender, + jailers, officers, and attendants, Doubling Possible

The Twins


Antipholus of Ephesus [M]
58 lines
Married to Adriana
Antipholus of Syracuse [M]
74 lines
Twin brother of Antipholus of Ephesus
Dromio of Ephesus [M]
40 lines
Slave to Antipholus of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse [M]
59 lines
Twin brother of Dromio of Ephesus, slave to Antipholus of Syracuse

Male


Egeon
14 lines
A merchant of Syracuse, father of both Antipholuses

Female


Emilia
16 lines
Lost wife of Egeon and mother of Antipholuses, now an Abbess in Ephesus
Adriana
63 lines
Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus
Luciana
34 lines
Her sister
Luce
4 lines
Her servant
Courtesan
9 lines
A prostitute

Either


Solinus/Selena
18 lines
The Duke/Duchess of Ephesus
Balthazar
2 lines
A friend of Antipholus of Ephesus
Angelo
27 lines
A goldsmith
First Merchant of Ephesus
2 lines
Friend to Antipholus of Syracuse
Second and Third Merchants of Ephesus
7 lines
To whom Angelo is in debt
Doctor Pinch
5 lines
A conjuror
Servant of Adriana and Antipholus of Ephesus
2 lines
Jailers, Officers, Duke’s Attendants, Pinch’s Attendants


Prop List

Purse, rope, sword


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 About 60 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 18
5 M | 5 W | 8 Any Gender, + jailers, officers, and attendants, Doubling Possible


Simple Set


 41 pages

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