The Comedy of Errors (Jeffries/Knight)

by  William Shakespeare, Charles Jeffries, Jerry Knight

Short Play, Comedy  /  9m, 4f

This one act Version of the shakespeare play retains all the wit, humor, and complexity of the original, and adds innovative staging as well. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio, have been searching for their long lost twin brothers. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This one act Version of the shakespeare play retains all the wit, humor, and complexity of the original, and adds innovative staging as well. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio, have been searching for their long lost twin brothers. When their journey takes them to Ephesus, however, chaos ensues when they are mistaken for their twins, and suddenly they seem to be married to people they have never met! Which causes their twin brothers problems of their own.

Another brilliant adaptation from the team that created acclaimed versions of The Beggar's Opera, Volpone, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Various locations in Ephesus.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m, 4f
DUKE OF EPHESUS
AEGON
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
ADRIANA - Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus.
LUCIANA - Her sister.
ANGELO - A goldsmith.
PINCH
COURTESAN
1ST MERCHANT
2ND MERCHANT
GAOLER
ABBESS
SERVANT
TOWNSPEOPLE
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Cast can expand up to 11 males
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS and ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE can be played by one actor.
DROMIO OF EPHESUS and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE can be played by one actor.

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Authors

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Charles Jeffries

Charles Jeffries

Jerry Knight

Jerry Knight

This adaptation of The Comedy of Errors was originally produced by Texas Theatre Consultants and presented by Youthheatre of San Antonio on July, 15, 2000 at Reagan High SChool in San Antonio, Texas and was directed by Jerry Knight. 

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