Exploring <i>The History of Cardenio</i> in Performance

David Carnegie and Lori Leigh

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI:
Exploring The History of Cardenio in Performance

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This chapter discusses what was learned by the two directors of the first full production of Gary Taylor’s ‘creative reconstruction’ entitled The History of Cardenio. Performed at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Taylor’s play cut some material from Double Falsehoodthat was obviously by Theobald, and added new writing in the style of Fletcher and Shakespeare, including a subplot based on Don Quixote and Sancho. The two directors discuss their rehearsal process with Taylor, especially the importance of props such as a coffin and spurs; the options for staging a new scene showing the rape or seduction only reported in Double Falsehood; and the implications of an open and fluid stagecraft in the early modern style for questions such as locale and use of an upper level.

Keywords: History of Cardenio; Gary Taylor; Double Falsehood; Theobald; adaptation; early modern stagecraft; rehearsal; subplot; Don Quixote; directing

Chapter.  7432 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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