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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. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  2. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  3. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  4. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  5. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  6. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  7. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  8. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  9. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  10. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  11. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  12. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  13. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  14. Collaborators - John Hodge
  15. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  16. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  17. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  18. The White Devil - John Webster
  19. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  20. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  21. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  22. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  23. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  24. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  25. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  26. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  27. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  28. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  29. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  30. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  31. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  32. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  33. Othello - William Shakespeare
  34. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  35. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  36. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  37. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  38. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  39. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  40. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  41. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  42. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  43. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  44. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  45. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  46. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  47. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  48. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  49. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  50. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  51. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  52. In the Club - Richard Bean
  53. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  54. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  55. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  56. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  57. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  58. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  59. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  60. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  61. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  62. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  63. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  64. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  65. King John - William Shakespeare
  66. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  67. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  68. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  69. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  70. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  71. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  72. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  73. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  74. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  75. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  76. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  77. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  78. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  79. Iron - Rona Munro
  80. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  81. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  82. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  83. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  84. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  85. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  86. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  87. Harvey - Mary Chase
  88. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  89. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  90. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  91. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  92. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  93. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  94. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
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Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
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