The Comedy of Errors: Study Day

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Spend an afternoon with expert academics and researchers and explore the themes and characters of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors through a series of talks and discussions. You’ll learn more about the historical and cultural context in which it was written and see how audiences have been made to see double on the Globe stage.

You’ll end the day with a Q&A with members of the acting company of our 2023 production, giving you the chance to ask questions and gain further insight into this summer’s show.

This study day can be enjoyed on its own but is also a perfect introduction to our production of The Comedy of Errors. Double your fun by booking a ticket to the evening performance following the study day. Tickets for the performance are not included in the study day ticket price and must be purchased separately.



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Running time is approximately 6 hours, including breaks

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Art Direction: Irene Omodeo Zorini

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12.00pm – Welcome

12.15 – 1.15pm – Session 1: ‘The Stranger at the Door: Belonging in Shakespeare’s Ephesus’ with Professor Nandini Das, University of Oxford

Professor Das will explore perceptions of identity, human mobility, strangers and hospitality in The Comedy of Errors, against the backdrop of migration debates in the English Parliament in the 1590s.

1.15pm – 2.15pm – Break for lunch

2.15pm – 3.15pm – Session 2: ‘Comedy and Identity’ with Professor Emma Smith, University of Oxford

Professor Smith will explore the play’s slapstick comedy and the implications of this mode for ideas of personal identity and selfhood.

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Session 3: Home (and Homeless) in Ephesus’ Dr Hanh Bui, Shakespeare’s Globe

Dr Bui will examine the various meanings of ‘home’ in The Comedy of Errors, paying special attention to the staging of ‘place’ on Shakespeare’s stage.

4.30pm – 5.00pm – Tea break

5.00pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with members of The Comedy of Errors cast


Introducing the speakers for this Study Day