Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre

Welcome to the Richmond Shakespeare Society

We are a highly-respected amateur dramatic society founded in 1934 to perform Shakespeare's plays annually in the open air.

Today we have grown to a programme of eight productions a year by vastly differing playwrights from ancient Greece to the modern day. In addition, we have two shows by our Youth Theatre groups.

We have our own theatre, the Mary Wallace Theatre by the riverside in Twickenham. Our Summer Show is an Open Air production, in the gardens of neighbouring York House.

Please note that the Mary Wallace is a Club Theatre and that only members of the RSS may buy tickets. However, becoming a member is easy and costs only £10; members may buy tickets for friends and family. The Summer Show is open to non-members.

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Now showing:  18 - 25 March 2017

The History of Cardenio

by William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
directed by Gerald Baker for Cutpurse

Book tickets for The History of Cardenio

The History of Cardenio

The UK premiere of the most authentic vision of the lost Shakespeare play The History of Cardenio. Leading scholar Gary Taylor has made a lively, credible, theatrically viable reconstruction of Shakespeare and Fletcher's 1612 play. Close to the poetry and passion of late Shakespeare and restoring the comic subplot, his script has the feel, breadth and variety of a real Shakespeare (and Fletcher) play. This production will be as close as any of us will ever come to a new Shakespeare play.

Cardenio loves Lucinda. When he tells his friend Fernando about her, Fernando loves Lucinda too. But Fernando is already as good as married to Violenta, a farmer's daughter.  So, to marry Lucinda, Fernando must be doubly false and betray the two people who are dearest to him. One will come close to death, another will go mad.

Quesada, the old schoolmaster, has read too many stories of chivalry and determines to become a wandering knight. With his houseboy, Sancho, as his squire, he madly takes to the road to kill dragons and save damsels.

Everyone meets in the mountains: there will be confrontations, absolutions: but will everyone come out happy? Will everyone come out sane?

 

Those interested in this production will probably also be interested in a free talk at the theatre on Wednesday March 15th

Professor Gary Taylor talks about the lost Shakespeare-and-Fletcher play The History of Cardenio: what we know about it: how we know it: and why does it matter?  If you re interested in Shakespeare or theatre in general, or the renaissance in England and Spain, take this rare opportunity to hear one of the world s leading Shakespearean scholars speaking in the UK.  He will describe his own long scholarly investigation, the creation of his reconstruction and the theatrical collaborations that have tested and refined it.  His talk serves as prologue to the UK premiere of his reconstruction, opening at the Mary Wallace Theatre on Saturday, 18th March.

To ensure a place for this FREE talk, please  book now

Sunday's performance will be followed by a Q & A session about the play with Professor Gary Taylor.

The production features original music composed by Jo Robinson.

Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 March 2017
Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Matinee at 3p.m. on Sunday, 19th March • No performance on Wednesday 22nd March

Telephone bookings open: Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 020 8744 0547
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“How poor are they that have not patience” Othello, Act ii, Sc.3