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Renaissance Acting Editions:

The Comedie of Errors


[The Comedy of Errors]
By
William Shakespeare

Cue-Scripts and a Prompt-Script from Shakespeares First Folio of 1623

Edited and Prepared by


Demitra Papadinis

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Renaissance Acting Editions:


Cue-Scripts and Prompt-Scripts from Shakespeares First Folio of 1623
Edited and Prepared by Demitra Papadinis
Custom packages are available for the following:
Plays included in the First Folio:
Alls Well That Ends Well
Anthony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Hamlet
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry V
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar
King John
King Lear
Loves Labours Lost

Macbeth
Measure For Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Nights Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
Taming of the Shrew
Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winters Tale

Plays not included in the First Folio:


Edward III
Pericles
Two Noble Kinsmen
For pricing information or to order, email me at dpapadinis@gmail.com or visit:
http://demitra-papadinis.heliohost.org/cue-scripts-and-part-scripts.htm
DONT FORGET THE WORKSHOP!
Now that youre all set up with cue-scripts, I can teach you how to use them as well as
Dick Burbage! I offer reasonably priced performance workshops in Elizabethan acting
technique (a.k.a. Unrehearsed First Folio Cue-Script Technique, no rehearsal or
Stanislavski required) that will show you how to scroll like a pro. For more information
on performance workshops, contact me at dpapadinis@gmail.com.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prompt Script for Comedie of Errors, version 1.0...............................................................1
Platt for Comedie of Errors, version 1.0............................................................................56
How to Assemble a Cue-Script Roll ..............................................................................58
Minimum Cast Size Requirements and Doubling Suggestions .........................................59
Cue Scripts for Comedie of Errors, version 1.0:
Abbesse ..................................................................................................................60
Adriana...................................................................................................................63
Angelo....................................................................................................................73
Antipholus of Ephesus ...........................................................................................77
Antipholus Siracusia ..............................................................................................86
Attendants ..............................................................................................................98
Balthaser ................................................................................................................99
Curtizan................................................................................................................101
Dromio Ephesus...................................................................................................104
Dromio Siracusia .................................................................................................111
Duke Solinus........................................................................................................122
Egeon ...................................................................................................................126
First Merchant......................................................................................................131
Headsman.............................................................................................................132
Jaylor 1.................................................................................................................133
Jaylor 2.................................................................................................................134
Jaylor 3.................................................................................................................135
Jaylor 4.................................................................................................................136
Luce......................................................................................................................137
Luciana.................................................................................................................138
Messenger ............................................................................................................144
Officer ..................................................................................................................145
Others...................................................................................................................147
Pinch ....................................................................................................................148
Second Merchant .................................................................................................150
Three or Foure......................................................................................................152

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ABOUT THE RENAISSANCE ACTING EDITIONS


Each play package in the Renaissance Acting Editions consists of a set of CueScripts and an unabridged Prompt-Script in modern font edited and prepared from
William Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623. A "platt" (a.k.a. a "plot," a running list of
entrances, exits, and major stage business) and instructions for assembling a cue-script
roll are also included.
Shakespeare's actors did not receive a copy of the entire script but instead worked
from "cue-scripts" or "part scripts" which contained only the lines and cues for a single
character. Elizabethan players would roll these up on wooden dowels forming a scroll
which could be "rolled" along as the play progressed - hence the modern word "role"
meaning an actor's individual part in a play. The Renaissance Acting Editions provide
these individual "roles" for those who wish to stage productions using "Original
Practices" or who simply wish to experiment with the early modern acting process.
The Renaissance Acting Editions are not direct transcriptions of the First Folio
texts. Original spelling, punctuation, and verse lineation have been retained throughout,
but minimal revision has been done (e.g., correction of missing entrances and exits,
restoration of simultaneous dialogue, etc.) to make the scripts more user-friendly.

NOTE:
Because it is expected that these scripts will be printed out for use in
theatrical production, the Renaissance Acting Editions are available for
download in a .pdf format which has been optimized for highresolution printing, not for screen viewing. Text will print cleanly but
might appear distorted in on-screen preview.

DEMITRA PAPADINIS, the creator of the Renaissance Acting Editions, is a


theatrical producer, director, and the founder of New England Shakespeare, a company
which since 1994 has staged Shakespeare's works using "Original Practices." A life-long
student of the early modern playhouse, she is an ardent First Folio enthusiast and an
expert in "Unrehearsed Cue-Script Technique," a performance method that seeks to
replicate the creative working process of Shakespeare's own company. She is also the
editor and annotator of the "Frankly Annotated First Folio" series published by
McFarland & Company. She lives in New Hampshire and New York City.