The plot revolves around twin brothers separated at birth, both called Antipholus
, and twin servants likewise separated and both called Dromio.
and Dromio arrive from the neighbouring province of Syracuse but, unknown to them, Ephesus plays host to their identical twin brothers, separated at birth.
Joseph Chance and Dan Wheeler will play the twin Antipholus
brothers in The Comedy of Errors, with debutants Matthew McPherson and Will Featherstone as their respective long-suffering twin servants, both called Dromio.
And there are very many moments deftly played for laughs - such as when the prim Luciana necks a large brandy as if it is lemonade during her chat to smitten Antipholus
of Syracuse, and when the conjurer Pinch appears as an American preacher with a touch of Elvis and lots of dry ice.
Into this run-down piazza come Antipholus
of Syracuse and his manservant, Dromio of Syracuse, baffling those familiar with the strangers' resident lookalikes, Antipholus
and Dromio of Ephesus.
In Shakespeare's most magical comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dan cross-dresses as Helena and in the farcical The Comedy of Errors he plays estranged twin, Antipholus
Shakespeare now complicates the Plautine plot, and heightens the atmosphere of misunderstandings, by the ploy of creating not only double masters (the twins Antipholus
of Ephesus and Antipholus
of Syracuse), but also double servants (the twins Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus) (8) and two Ephesian sisters (Adriana and Luciana).
Beginning May 28, the gay thespian will be playing Dromio opposite Hamish Linklater's Antipholus
for a five-week run of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors in Central Park.
In one of his earliest plays, The Comedy of Errors, two pairs of identical twins, the brothers Antipholus
and the brothers Dromio, all four of whom were on a boat together as infants, are separated shortly after birth into two master-servant dyads, each consisting of one Antipholus
and one Dromio; this backstory sets the stage for hilarity to ensue when, some twenty-odd years later, Antipholus
and Dromio of Syracuse, who were given the names of their missing siblings after the fateful accident, find themselves mistaken for Antipholus
and Dromio of Ephesus at the start of the play.
He is currently starring in the lead role of Antipholus
of Syracuse in a critically acclaimed adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre in London.
of Syracuse (Eamon Pac) goes to Ephesus, accompanied by his servant, Dromio (Ehren Remal), in search of twin brother, Antipholus
(Michael Burnet), who also has his own servant, Dromio (Douglas Selvin).
Dromio of Syracuse expresses horror at the leather-clad constable who has arrested Antipholus
of Ephesus and desperately petitions Adriana for the money to pay her husband's debt, convinced that the bell is not only chiming, but as frightened as he is by the sergeant, going backward: "It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes one .