Friday, July 10, 2020

Cardenio



I am leaving the house very early this morning and driving up to Warwickshire, Shakespeare's county of birth. I have also finished Part 1 of Don Quixote.
The History of Cardenio, often referred to as merely Cardenio, is a lost play, known to have been performed by the King's Men, a London theatre company, in 1613. The play is attributed to William Shakespeare and John Fletcher in a Stationers' Register entry of 1653. The content of the play is not known, but it was likely to have been based on an episode in Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote involving the character Cardenio, a young man who has been driven mad and lives in the Sierra Morena. Thomas Shelton's translation of the First Part of Don Quixote was published in 1612, and would thus have been available to the presumed authors of the play.
The RSC tried to re-imagine it in 2011, making this a good post for me to queue up for today.

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