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Cardenio

Synopsis
Video recording of the 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Cardenio directed by Gregory Doran. The play Double Falsehood is claimed to be an adaptation of a lost play by Shakespeare, based on the story of Cardenio in Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Such a play, by Shakespeare and John Fletcher, was first performed in 1612. Using this and other sources, Gregory Doran re-imagines the story.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2011

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Writer
John Fletcher (2); William Shakespeare
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Niki Turner
Cast
Alex HassellFernando
Chike OkonkwoGerardo
Christopher ChiltonPriest
Harry MyersCitizen
Liz CrowtherDuenna
Lucy Briggs-OwenLuscinda
Matti HoughtonMaid
Maya BarcotNunn
Michael Grady-HallShepherd
Nicholas DayDon Bernado
Oliver RixCardenio
Pippa NixonDorotea
Simeon MoorePedro
Timothy SpeyerMaster Shepherd

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
An interview with director Greg Doran about the background to his re-imagining of Shakespeare’s ‘lost play’ Cardenio is available at http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/cardenio/interview-with-greg-doran.aspx. Doran’s blog on the production in progress is available at http://www.rsc.org.uk/explore/blogs/?group=reimagining-cardenio (both sites accessed 4/2011).

For a critical assessment of the RSC’s trailer for the show see http://bardbox.wordpress.com/?s=cardenio (accessed 8/2011).
History
The production ran 14 April to 16 October 2011. It was the first to play in the Swan following the opening of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre and formed part of the RSC’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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