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The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors - 2014

Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is in search of his wife and one of his twin sons who were separated from him many years ago in a shipwreck. When Egeon arrives in Ephesus he is arrested for violating the ban against travel between the two rival cities of Syracuse and Ephesus. The Duke of Ephesus gives Egeon twenty-four hours to pay a fine of a thousand marks or he will be put to death.

Egeon’s other son, Antipholus of Syracuse, is also travelling the world in search of the missing half of their family. Unknown to his father he also arrives in Ephesus with his servant, Dromio. No one is aware that the twin brother is living in Ephesus. Antipholus of Syracuse is immediately mistaken for his twin brother, Antipholus of Ephesus. Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, takes him home for dinner, leaving Dromio of Syracuse to stand guard at the house.

Very soon after the real Antipholus of Ephesus with his slave, also called Dromio, arrives home but is prevented from entering by Dromio of Syracuse – much to the annoyance of Dromio of Ephesus who believes someone has stolen his identity. Antipholus of Syracuse has been enjoying his dinner and falls in love with Adriana’s sister, Luciana, much to Luciana’s horror who is appalled at the behaviour of the man she thinks is her brother-in-law.

Later, a gold chain ordered by Antipholus of Ephesus is mistakenly delivered to Antipholus of Syracuse. When Angelo, the gold merchant, comes to collect payment for the chain, Antipholus of Ephesus refuses to pay – since he never received the chain. Antipholus of Ephesus is arrested for not paying his debts. His wife, Adriana, realises Antipholus of Ephesus must have gone mad and has him taken away by Dr Pinch.

Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, make plans to leave the city (with the gift of the gold chain!) because they believe Ephesus to be full of witchcraft and sorcery. But before they can leave they are challenged by Adriana – who doesn’t understand how they have escaped from Dr Pinch – and are chased into the abbey where they seek sanctuary.

Since twenty-four hours have now elapsed, the Duke of Ephesus arrives for the execution of Egeon. Adriana petitions the Duke to break into the abbey and remove her husband into her custody. While they are debating, the real Antipholus of Ephesus breaks free from Dr Pinch and now levels charges against his wife. The Duke is befuddled until the Abbess, Emilia, comes out of the abbey with Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio. It is revealed there are two sets of twins: Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, and their two servants, both called Dromio. In a further twist, the Abbess is revealed to be Egeon’s long-lost wife. Egeon is pardoned by the Duke and reunited with his wife and his twin sons. Now Adriana gets her husband back, Antipholus of Syracuse can continue to woo her sister, Luciana. The Dromios, who never knew of the existence of the other, delight in discovering they are brothers and all ends happily.