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Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848421806Publication Date:
21 Apr 2011
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First Staged:
1612; RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2011


Shakespeare's 'lost play' re-imagined

By William Shakespeare and John Fletcher Edited by Gregory Doran and Antonio Alamo

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Set in the heat and dust of Andalusia in seventeenth-century Spain, Cardenio is the story of a friendship betrayed, with all the elements of a thriller: disguise, dishonour and deceit.

A woman is seduced, a bride is forced to the altar, and a man runs mad among the mountains of the Sierra Morena.

The history of the play is every bit as thrilling, and this text is the result of a masterful act of literary archaeology by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran, to re-imagine a previously lost play by Shakespeare. 

Based on an episode in Cervantes' Don Quixote, the play known as Cardenio by Shakespeare and John Fletcher was performed at court in 1612. A copy of their collaboration has never been found; however, it is claimed that Double Falshood by Lewis Theobald is an eighteenth-century adaptation of it.

Since Theobald's play misses out some crucial scenes in the plot, Doran has turned to the Cervantes original to supply the missing episodes, using the original English translation by Thomas Shelton (1612) that Fletcher and Shakespeare must themselves have read.

Cardenio re-opened the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's fiftieth birthday season in 2011.

Gregory Doran's account of re-imagining Cardenio for the RSC is published as Shakespeare's Lost Play: In Search of Cardenio by Nick Hern Books.

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'An extraordinary and theatrically powerful piece... the play works beautifully'

Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848421806Publication Date:
21 Apr 2011
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, ISBN: 9781780011653Publication Date:
15 Jul 2015
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by William Shakespeare:

Henry IV Part II
Romeo and Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing (West End edition)
Shakespeare on Theatre
Twelfth Night
Romeo and Juliet
Richard III (West End edition)
Measure for Measure
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Tempest
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
As You Like It
Much Ado About Nothing
Queen Margaret
Henry IV Part I
Edward III
Thomas More
Richard II
All's Well That Ends Well
Henry V
King Lear
Julius Caesar
Richard III

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Also by John Fletcher:

The Custom of the Country (Globe Quarto)
The Tamer Tamed
The Island Princess

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Also by Gregory Doran:

Shakespeare's Lost Play

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