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Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Anna Massey, Alec McCowen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN: 9780060743161
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We came into the world like brother and brother; And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another. - Dromio of Ephesus

The Comedy of Errors is likely the very first play Shakespeare ever wrote, and for that reason alone it deserves a special place in literary history. Yet, despite the author's lack of maturity, the play is unmistakably the work of a burgeoning master. A farce of a type that was wildly popular in Shakespeare's day, The Comedy of Errors transcends its genre, and is as accessible and as entertaining as any of the Bard's later comedies. Revolving around the naturally comedic themes of identical twins and mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors is a delightful milestone in the remarkable career of the greatest dramatist of all time. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.

About the Narrators

Alec McCowen is an English actor known for his work in numerous film and stage productions. He first appeared on stage in 1942, made his London debut in 1950, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962. He was awarded the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor as well as two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Performance for his roles on Broadway. Although he preferred acting on the stage, he had roles in major American films, including Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence, and numerous roles in British television productions. As a narrator, he received critical praise from AudioFile magazine and was part of the cast of King Lear in 2003 that was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in for Best Audio Drama.

Anna Massey (1937–2011), the daughter of Hollywood actor Raymond Massey, was born in England and enjoyed an award-winning career on stage, in movies, and on television. Her stage roles earned her the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, and a nomination for a Tony Award for her only Broadway appearance, in The Reluctant Debutante. Her television awards include the UK’s BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the RTS Television Award. Her best-known film roles were as Helen in Peeping Tom, Babs in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, and more recently in The Oxford Murders and The Machinist. She received critical praise from AudioFile magazine for her narrations, especially of Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and Wild Swans by Jung Chang.