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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. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  2. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  3. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  4. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  5. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  6. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  7. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  8. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  9. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  10. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  11. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  12. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  13. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  14. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  15. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  16. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  17. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  18. Collaborators - John Hodge
  19. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  20. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  21. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  22. The White Devil - John Webster
  23. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  24. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  25. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  26. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  27. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  28. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  29. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  30. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  31. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  32. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  33. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  34. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  35. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  36. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  37. Othello - William Shakespeare
  38. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  39. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  40. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  41. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  42. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  43. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  44. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  45. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  46. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  47. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  48. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  49. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  50. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  51. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  52. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  53. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  54. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  55. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  56. In the Club - Richard Bean
  57. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  58. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  59. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  60. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  61. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  62. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  63. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  64. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  65. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  66. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  67. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  68. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  69. King John - William Shakespeare
  70. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  71. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  72. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  73. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  74. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  75. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  76. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  77. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  78. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  79. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  80. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  81. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  82. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  83. Iron - Rona Munro
  84. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  85. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  86. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  87. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  88. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  89. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  90. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  91. Harvey - Mary Chase
  92. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  93. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
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“They that have the power to hurt, and will do none; they rightly do inherit heaven’s graces” Sonnet 94