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Theobald Restor’d: <i>Double Falsehood</i> at the Union Theatre, Southwark

Peter Kirwan

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.003.0022
Theobald Restor’d: Double Falsehood at the Union Theatre, Southwark

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In January 2011, MokitaGrit produced the first professional production of Double Falsehood since the eighteenth century. This review pays particular attention to the implications of producing Double Falsehood as a piece in its own right rather than as the basis for reconstruction of Cardenio. A combination of relative textual fidelity and creative non-verbal decisions allows the play to be entertainingly staged, drawing out class divisions that underpin the dynamic between the lovers and amongst their parents. In making a case for the effectiveness of Theobald’s play on the modern stage, the production usefully, if unintentionally, encouraged audiences to move away from questions of authenticity and authorship to consideration of the extant play’s theatrical worth.

Keywords: Performance; adaptation; MokitaGrit; Double Falsehood; Theobald; Cardenio; Southwark Theatre

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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