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Shakespeare's Globe

The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare

From 30 August 2014

£5 standing
£15 - £42 seats 

Running time:
2 hours 20 minutes including interval


Directed by
Blanche McIntyre

Designed by
James Cotterill

Composed by
Olly Fox


Stefan Adegbola
Pinch/First Merchant

Andy Apollo

Paul Brendan

Linda Broughton
Aemilia, the Abbess

Gershwyn Eustache Jnr
Balthasar/Second Merchant

Becci Gemmell

Peter Hamilton Dyer

Simon Harrison
Antipholus of Syracuse 

Emma Jerrold

Hattie Ladbury

James Laurenson

Matthew Needham
Antipholus of Ephesus

Anne Odeke 

Brodie Ross
Dromio of Syracuse

Jamie Wilkes
Dromio of Ephesus

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Please note: This production has now closed.

Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.

Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.

This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.


'Blanche McIntyre makes a formidable debut in this special space with a production of The Comedy of Errors that is as enchanting as it is hilarious'
The Independent  


'A near-perfect production...the audience roars with delight'
The Guardian 

‘You end up not only with a broad grin on your face but also a tear in your eye... this comedy of errors is great fun’
The Times

'The physical side is delicious'
Financial Times

'Pure chaotic joy... a ray of sunshine as autumn falls on the Globe'
Time Out

'The production crackles and fizzes with gags aplenty... a production that sparkles with wit and invention right from the outset - a touch of joy for the autumn ahead.' 

‘The pick of the performances comes from Matthew Needham, who brings a compelling fluency to the impulsive Antipholus of Ephesus. Simon Harrison captures the sheer bewilderment of his brother, and Hattie Ladbury elegantly articulates the lofty ideals and passions of his wife Adriana, while both Dromios (Jamie Wilkes and Brodie Ross) achieve a blend of wounded innocence and inventive wit’ 
Evening Standard

'Indisputably, an awful lot of fun'
The Arts Desk

Related Events

Please note: tickets for all related events are sold separately to tickets for performances.

Study Day

Leading scholars and theatre artists offer historical, practical, and theoretical contexts to The Comedy of Errors

Saturday 30 August

Setting the Scene

Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors

Tuesday 2 September
Tuesday 9 September
Tuesday 16 September
Tuesday 30 September 

Talking Theatre

Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives

Wednesday 17 September
Wednesday 8 October 

Midnight Matinee

Experience the magical atmosphere of the Globe at midnight

Saturday 6 September 

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