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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. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  2. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  3. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  4. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  5. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  6. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  7. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  8. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  9. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  10. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  11. Collaborators - John Hodge
  12. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  13. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  14. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  15. The White Devil - John Webster
  16. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  17. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  18. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  19. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  20. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  21. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  22. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  23. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  24. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  25. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  26. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  27. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  28. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  29. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  30. Othello - William Shakespeare
  31. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  32. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  33. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  34. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  35. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  36. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  37. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  38. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  39. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  40. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  41. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  42. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  43. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  44. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  45. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  46. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  47. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  48. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  49. In the Club - Richard Bean
  50. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  51. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  52. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  53. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  54. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  55. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  56. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  57. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  58. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  59. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  60. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  61. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  62. King John - William Shakespeare
  63. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  64. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  65. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  66. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  67. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  68. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  69. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  70. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  71. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  72. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  73. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  74. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  75. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  76. Iron - Rona Munro
  77. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  78. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  79. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  80. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  81. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  82. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  83. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  84. Harvey - Mary Chase
  85. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  86. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  87. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  88. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  89. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  90. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  91. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
  92. An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley
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)

“Courage and comfort, all shall yet go well” King John, Act ii, Sc.4