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.