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The Comedy of Errors

Royal Shakespeare Company

Four cutout images of running men in suits are placed on a blue Escher style tiled background.

Shakespeare’s ever popular fairy-tale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, directed by comedy master Phillip Breen.

A father ends up in the wrong country on the wrong day as a government makes hasty proclamations about travel. A lonely son, while searching for his brother, loses himself. Across town a wife starts to realise her husband is not the man she thought he was (but rather likes it). Will anything ever be the same again?

Directed by Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017), The Comedy of Errors is now in its final weeks. Don’t miss this joyous moment of reunion, celebration, and laughter.

We are very sorry that we have had to cancel performances up to and including Thu 23 Dec due to cases of Covid-19 in the company. Box office will be in touch with bookers in due course.

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins including an interval.

Thu 30 Dec, 1.30pm
Captioned performance

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Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The work of the RSC is supported by the Culture Recovery Fund. The RSC is a recipient of the Weston Culture Fund. The Comedy of Errors is supported by RSC Season Supporter Charles Holloway. The RSC’s London production of The Comedy of Errors is kindly supported by ICBC.



‘Phillip Breen’s new Royal Shakespeare Company staging is exhaustingly funny. Glorious fun.‘
The Guardian
‘Vintage farce suits our anxious times…very enjoyable‘
Financial Times
‘Designed to squeeze every inch of laughter out of its audience‘
Evening Standard
‘A truly enjoyable, sincerely ha-ha funny production‘
Broadway World
‘A great return for the RSC…irresistible‘
‘Inexpressibly stirring after the year we’ve had. A hoot.‘
Daily Telegraph
‘A merry example of what we've all missed, why we love it and why it matters.‘
‘Paddy Cunneen’s extraordinary score…is sheer genius‘
What's On Stage
‘The RSC’s Comedy of Errors is what we need now‘
The Sunday Times


RSC The Comedy of Errors

What is the show about?

Meet the brilliant cast of The Comedy of Errors as they outline the plot of Shakespeare's fairy-tale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision.

The Comedy of Errors. Photo by Pete Le May

"I thought it was absolutely amazing"

Take a look at what audiences have been saying about The Comedy of Errors before it comes to the Barbican later this autumn. Spoiler... they love it!

The Art of Jokes

The cast of The Comedy of Errors take on some of the best (worst) jokes known – can they handle the laughter? 

Barbican Theatre

Production Sponsor: ICBC