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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. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  2. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  3. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  4. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  5. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  6. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  7. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  8. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  9. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  10. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  11. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  12. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  13. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  14. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  15. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  16. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  17. Collaborators - John Hodge
  18. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  19. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  20. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  21. The White Devil - John Webster
  22. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  23. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  24. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  25. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  26. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  27. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  28. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  29. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  30. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  31. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  32. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  33. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  34. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  35. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  36. Othello - William Shakespeare
  37. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  38. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  39. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  40. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  41. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  42. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  43. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  44. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  45. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  46. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  47. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  48. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  49. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  50. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  51. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  52. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  53. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  54. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  55. In the Club - Richard Bean
  56. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  57. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  58. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  59. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  60. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  61. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  62. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  63. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  64. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  65. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  66. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  67. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  68. King John - William Shakespeare
  69. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  70. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  71. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  72. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  73. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  74. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  75. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  76. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  77. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  78. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  79. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  80. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  81. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  82. Iron - Rona Munro
  83. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  84. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  85. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  86. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  87. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  88. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  89. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  90. Harvey - Mary Chase
  91. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  92. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  93. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  94. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  95. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  96. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“Kindness, nobler ever than revenge” As You Like It, Act iv, Sc.3