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

“Words without thoughts never to heaven go” Hamlet, Act iii, Sc.3