Shakespeare’s chaos of mistaken identity

DID Adriana sleep with her brother-in-law? Is her sister having an affair with her husband? Why has he been arrested for debt? Who has the gold chain? Who has the money? Has everyone gone mad?

Friday, 11th October 2013, 6:02 am

If you think it sounds like an episode of a soap opera you’d be wrong. It is Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, the Bard’s shortest and most farcical of comedies.

The answers to the above questions have a lot to do with the fact that there are two identical twin brothers and two identical twin servants. What starts as a normal day descends into a chaos of mistaken identity with hilarious consequences.

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