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The History of Cardenio

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

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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

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.

Other past productions

  1. Larkin with Women - Ben Brown
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  3. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  4. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  5. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  6. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  7. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  8. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  9. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  10. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  11. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  12. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  13. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  14. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  15. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  16. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  17. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  18. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  19. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  20. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  21. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  22. Collaborators - John Hodge
  23. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  24. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  25. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  26. The White Devil - John Webster
  27. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  28. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  29. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  30. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  31. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  32. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  33. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  34. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  35. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  36. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  37. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  38. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  39. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  40. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  41. Othello - William Shakespeare
  42. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  43. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  44. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  45. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  46. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  47. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  48. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  49. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  50. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  51. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  52. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  53. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  54. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  55. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  56. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  57. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  58. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  59. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  60. In the Club - Richard Bean
  61. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  62. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  63. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  64. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  65. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  66. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  67. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  68. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  69. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  70. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  71. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  72. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  73. King John - William Shakespeare
  74. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  75. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  76. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  77. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  78. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  79. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  80. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  81. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  82. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  83. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  84. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  85. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  86. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  87. Iron - Rona Munro
  88. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
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“Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace” Henry VIII, Act iii, Sc.2