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The Comedy of Errors: A Shakespeare Children's Story (Shakespeare Children's Stories) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782260056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782260059
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Generally believed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, The Comedy of Errors was first performed at the London Inns of Court in 1594, and has been unfairly dismissed as a piece of knockabout farce from Shakespeare's apprentice years. The play's action is very funny, especially in performance. Shipwrecked many years before the start of the play, Egeon of Syracuse searches vainly for his lost wife, one of his twin sons and one of their twin servants. Landing in Ephesus he falls foul of an obscure law condemning him to death unless he pays an enormous fine within 24 hours. The clock starts ticking and the action of the play begins to unfold. Egeon is not aware that his son Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio have also landed in Ephesus, but even worse, it soon becomes clear to the audience that Ephesus is also the home of the lost twin and servant, Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus.

So begins the comedy of errors, as the pairs of twins are repeatedly and hilariously mistaken for each other, much to the consternation of their friends, creditors and lovers. Yet the play is also shot through with more serious issues. The sentence of death hangs over the father from the very beginning of the play, strange things happen to time as the play progresses, and the space of trade and the marketplace are never far away. The laughter of mistaken identity also gives way to more profound questions of identity, as when Antipholus of Syracuse says of himself that "I to the world am like a drop of water/That in the ocean seeks another drop." The Comedy of Errors is a much neglected play which is only now achieving the critical and theatrical attention it deserves. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, The Comedy of Errors has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges. This version aims to be different from other editions of the play. It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding. You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you. Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2005
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At last, play notes on one side of the page, and the play text on the other! For anyone who, like me, needs help with understanding all of Shakespeare, but gets fed up of constantly turning to the back of the book, this is ideal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By afy9mab@yahoo.co.uk on 6 Aug. 2010
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A good rendition of the text with excellent footnotes that actually appear at the foot of each page. So it is easy to interpret the text through the notes and commentary as you read. A comprehensive introduction relating technical, critical and historical aspects of the play is great for students. The text is clear and of a reasonable size and the narrow cover format makes it easy for even small hands to hold. So overall a great version for either study or performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H99V on 19 Sept. 2013
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My children enjoyed The Comedy of Errors very much! It is one of the lesser known plays written by Shakespeare however it is a hidden gem! I did not pay any attention to reading the full version of The Comedy of Errors, until I read this simplified version to my children. Consequently, I benefited from reading this version as I found the original text easier to understand!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs j w white on 5 Oct. 2014
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We downloaded the script while we were watching it at the Globe! The script allowed us to pick up any words we missed hearing. That was great!!
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