Cardenio

Cardenio

Shakespeare's lost play re-imagined

by John FletcherWilliam Shakespeare Antonio Alamo and others

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/01/1900

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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.





'An extraordinary and theatrically powerful piece... the play works beautifully'
- Guardian
ISBN:
9781848421806
9781848421806
Category:
Shakespeare plays
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-01-1900
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nick Hern Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
128
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x130mm
Weight:
0.15kg
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

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