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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.

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins including an interval.

Thu 9 Dec, 1.30pm
Relaxed & captioned performance

This performance is ideal for people who feel more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show including people with dementia. This performance is for everybody and babes in arms are welcome, (not walking or requiring their own seat).

Please also get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further before making a booking.  Contact the Theatre team – [email protected] or 020 7638 4141 extn 2320

Sat 20 Nov, 7.15pm & Thu 30 Dec, 1.30pm
Captioned performance

Sat 11 Dec, 1.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance with Touch Tour at 11.30am

Wed 15 Dec, 7.15pm
BSL interpreted performance and post-show talk
Free to same-day ticket holders
Take a look at our BSL synopsis from William Grint and Clare Edwards

Rush Tickets with Today Tix
For every performance, a limited number of £10 Rush Tickets will be available from 10am exclusively with Today Tix.

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.


A limited number of Premium Seats are available at £72.50*

Wheelchair spaces and free companion seats may now be booked online. 

Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.

Booking a wheelchair space: Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected. 

Booking essential companion tickets: Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket. 

Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats: Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs.

£39.50 for Monday to Friday performances for groups of 10+. Excludes Premium Seats. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.

Up to 4 under 18s tickets at half price with every full price ticket.  Valid for all performances except Saturday evening. Not available on Premium Seats. 

Schools, Colleges and Universities
£18 tickets for UK schools and £25 tickets for UK college or university (aged 19 or over). One free ticket is available for every 10 students. International schools, colleges and universities will be £25 per ticket with no free teachers place. Valid Monday to Friday.

Over 65s
20% off top two prices (excludes Premium seats) for all midweek matinees.

16–25 Year olds
A limited number of tickets at £5 for every performance for individuals aged between 16 and 25. Maximum two per person and proof of age ID must be shown on the door. Please email [email protected] to book these tickets.

Discounts are not available on lowest price tickets and are subject to availability.

All discounts are subject to availability at the discretion of the RSC/Barbican Box Office and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with any other discount or offer and are not available on lowest price tickets.

*Excludes £3 booking fee


‘Designed to squeeze every inch of laughter out of its audience‘
Evening Standard
‘A truly enjoyable, sincerely ha-ha funny production‘
Broadway World
‘Phillip Breen’s new Royal Shakespeare Company staging is exhaustingly funny. Glorious fun.‘
The Guardian
‘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? 

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Production Sponsor: ICBC