Restoring <i>Double Falsehood</i> to the Perpendicular for the RSC*

Gregory Doran

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI:
Restoring Double Falsehood to the Perpendicular for the RSC*

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This chapter considers the theatrical challenges of reimagining Double Falsehood/Cardenio for production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where Gregory Doran, the author, is the Chief Associate Director. Having directed a number of Fletcher plays for the company, including The Tamer Tamed, The Island Princess, and the Shakespeare collaboration All is True (Henry VIII), Doran became fascinated by the mysterious Cardenio, developing his adaptation of Theobald’s Double Falsehood with help from theatre colleagues and academic communities in Spain, to reassert some of the tone of the Cervantes’s original; and testing the text with Spanish-American actors from New York’s LAByrinth Theatre Company at an RSC residency in Michigan University, and in two workshops in Stratford. His purpose is not to pastiche an ‘authentic’ version of what the play might have been in 1613, but to re-explore the story in theatre terms for the twenty-first century. The production reopened the Swan Theatre in April 2011.

Keywords: Cardenio; Double Falsehood; John Fletcher; theatrical adaptation; Royal Shakespeare Company; Swan Theatre; Stratford-upon-Avon; Gregory Doran; Cervantes

Chapter.  4476 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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