image for Play - Shakespeare item typeThe History of Cardenio at Mary Wallace Theatre



Play, Sat 18 - Sat 25 Mar 2017


Mary Wallace Theatre

020 8744 0547


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Sat 5 - Sat 12 Nov The Merchant of Venice
Sat 10 - Sat 17 Dec Oh! What a Lovely War
Sat 21 - Sat 28 Jan The Weir
Sat 18 - Sat 25 Mar The History of Cardenio


he 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?

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 18 - Sat 25 Mar 2017
Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 March 2017
Matinee at 3p.m. on Sunday, 19th March
• No performance on Wednesday 22nd March


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