Auditions

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June in 7:30pm in The Market Theatre:

The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare

[There will also be two workshops:
 Workshop 1: Wednesday 15th May 7:30pm
 Workshop 2: Monday 3rd June 7:30pm]

After being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his servant Dromio go to Ephesus to find them.  The other set of twins lives in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of incidents of mistaken identity.  At the end, the twins find each other and their parents and resolve all of the problems caused earlier.

Characters:

Solinus: Duke of Ephesus
Egeon: merchant of Syracuse
Emilia: Abbess at Ephesus and Egeon’s long lost wife
Antipholus of Ephesus
Antipholus of Syracuse
Dromio of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse
Adriana: wife of Antipholus of Ephesus
Luciana: her sister
Luce: Adriana’s kitchen maid
Balthasar: a merchant
Angelo: a goldsmith
Doctor Pinch: a schoolmaster
First Merchant, Second Merchant, An Officer, A Courtesan, a Messenger,
Gaoler, townspeople, servants, attendants, etc. etc. (non-speaking)

Act I

Duke Solinus, ruler of Ephesus, presides over the trial of Egeon of Syracuse.  Syracusians are not allowed in Ephesus, so Egeon has been detained.  When asked why he is in Ephesus, Egeon explains that he is searching for his lost twin sons and their twin servants.

Egeon lost his wife and one of their twin sons (along with the boy’s servant) in a storm at sea.  Egeon brought up the surviving boy and his servant who had gone in search of their lost brothers.  Egeon had also left home to seek news in Ephesus.  Solinus allows Egeon until sunset to try to raise 1,000 marks as a ransom or else he must die.

Meanwhile, in a nearby marketplace, a merchant has befriended two tourists: Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio.  Unknown to them, their twin brothers have been living there after being saved from the storm.

Act II

The likeness of the Dromio and Antipholus twins leads to a series of confusions.  This is especially true when Antipholus of Syracuse dines with his sister-in-law Adriana and falls in love with her sister, Luciana.  His servant, Dromio of Syracuse, refuses to open the door to anyone even when Antipholus of Ephesus returns home.  Angry, he dines with the courtesan instead.

Acts III and IV

A gold chain that Antipholus of Ephesus has ordered is delivered to Antipholus of Syracuse instead.  The goldsmith’s claim for payment leads to the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant.  They refuse to pay for a chain that they did not receive.  Adriana, fearing for her husband’s sanity, gets the schoolmaster, Pinch, to exorcise him and Dromio (both of Ephesus).  While they are restrained, their Syracusian brothers cause panic in the town.  The people think that the Ephesian brothers have somehow escaped.  The Syracusian brothers take refuge in an abbey.

Act V

The hour of Egeon’s sentence is approaching.  Adriana appeals for aid from the Duke for her husband.  The Ephesian twins escape and arrive to claim justice.  Egeon recognises them, or so he thinks, as the boys he brought up in Syracuse.  The Duke sends for the Abbess, who appears with the second pair of twins.  She recognises Egeon and reveals herself as Emilia, his long-lost wife.  Antipholus of Syracuse woos his sister-in-law, Luciana. The Duke pardons Egeon and everyone goes to celebrate.

Performances will be on 17th, 18th and 19th October 2019.

For further information, please email Mary Fielding or phone 01531-670389.