The Comedy of Errors cutting and notes by John Miniga... - Theatrefolk

The Comedy of Errors

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

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.

 About 60 minutes

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


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


Simple Set


 41 pages

Comedy Classical Adaptation Shakespeare Shakespeare in an Hour

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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.

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

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character and modify pronouns accordingly.


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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