by William Shakespeare
Two sets of identical twins, both separated as babies, find themselves in the same town on the same day – two masters, both called Antipholus, and two servants, both called Dromio.
Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, thinks Antipholus of Syracuse is her husband…Antipholus of Syracuse makes love to Adriana’s sister, not knowing that she thinks he is her brother-in-law…a goldsmith, commissioned to make a chain for Antipholus of Ephesus, gives it to Antipholus of Syracuse – and then demands payment from Antipholus of Ephesus…the two Dromios, sent on various errands through the city, constantly meet each other’s masters and are beaten for failing to carry out their orders…
The Comedy of Errors is a glorious celebration of chaos and disorder, culminating in a heart-warming happy end as the long-lost brothers find themselves and discover their own identities.
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Extract from the script 'The Comedy of Errors'
|Adriana:||I see two husbands, or my eyes deceive me.
One of these men is genius to the other;
And so of these. Which is the natural man
And which the spirit? Who deciphers them?
|Dromio of Syracuse:||I, sir, am Dromio; command him away.|
|Dromio of Ephesus:||I, sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay.|
|Adriana:||Stay, stand apart, I know not which is which.
Which of you two did dine with me today?
|Antipholus of S:||I, gentle mistress.|
|Adriana:||And are you not my husband?|
|Antipholus of E:||No; I say nay to that...|