Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare's shortest and one of his most farcical comedies.
The setting is Ephesus, present-day Turkey, which was a leading trade centre in ancient times.
A major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play.
Comedy of Errors relies heavily on mix-ups and witty dialogue. The characters include two sets of twins.
It is believed that December 28, 1594 was the first confirmed performance of the play Errors. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and The Comedy of Errors would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
It is believed that The Comedy of Errors was first printed in 1623 as part of the First Folio. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.