Episode 014 – The Comedy of Errors

Francis Wheatley, “The Rescue of Aemilia from the Shipwreck”, 1800

“Are you a god? Would you create me new?”

New episode! In episode #14, why won’t anyone let Antipholus in? We’re discussing Shakespeare’s lightest, tightest play: The Comedy of Errors. Wander through the town square of Ephesus at your leisure. But perhaps don’t accept any gifts from strangers….

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Key links below. You can also visit the bibliography page here, which is a work in progress.

Links mentioned:

Plautus, Menaechmi

Harold Bloom, The Invention of the Human (1998)

1988 TV network promo from Australia’s Channel Nine: “Still the One”

Syphilis: the “French disease”


The Comedy of Errors, produced as part of the Caedmon Shakespeare (1962), with Finlay Currie (Aegeon), Alec McCowen (Antipholus of Syracuse), John Moffatt (Antipholus of Ephesus) and Mary Miller (Luciana)

The Comedy of Errors, produced as part of the Arkangel Shakespeare, with David Tennant (Antipholus of Syracuse), Jason O’Mara (Dromio of Ephesus), and Alan Cox (Dromio of Syracuse)

The Comedy of Errors, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1950, with Patricia Norman (Courtesan) and unknown actors (Antipholus of Syracuse, Dromio of Syracuse, Adriana, Luciana)

The Comedy of Errors (1983), produced for the BBC by Shaun Sutton, directed by James Cellan Jones, with Michael Kitchen (Antipholus of Ephesus), Roger Daltrey (Dromio of Ephesus), Suzanne Bertish (Adriana), Joanne Pearce (Luciana), Wendy Hiller (Aemilia), David Kelly (Balthazar)


The Boys from Syracuse (1963 cast) with Cathryn Damon singing “Oh, Diogenes!”

The Boys from Syracuse (1997 cast):

  • “Sing for your Supper” ballet
  • The Twins ballet
  • Let Antipholus In!” (finale from Act I)

Stephen Storace, Gli Equivoci (The Misunderstandings), opera after Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (1786) with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

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