Cardenio

Cast: 5f 12m

Staging: Palace, Town, Mountains - various, but could also be staged very simply

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781848421806Publication Date:
21 Apr 2011
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, ISBN: 9781780011653Publication Date:
15 Jul 2015
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First Staged:
1612; RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2011

Cardenio

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'

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Cast: 5f 12m

Staging:Palace, Town, Mountains - various, but could also be staged very simply

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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

Also by William Shakespeare:

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

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Also by John Fletcher:

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

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Also by Gregory Doran:

Shakespeare's Lost Play

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