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The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins, each with the same names: Antipholus and Dromio. After being separated at birth, the play shows what happens when they are unexpectedly reunited in Ephesus.

This play is a great play for exploring with younger students as well as learners of all ages, allowing you to look at the comedy of mistaken identity and use of farce as well as lots of themes you can use as routes into the text including:

  • Identity
  • Power
  • Belonging

You can discover more about these themes and where they appear in the text as well as others in our Themes Resource

There are so many different ways into the play but you may find the following particularly useful in introducing the the text:

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