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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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Will the Real Cardenio Please Stand Up? Richards’s Cardenio in Cambridge

Will the Real Cardenio Please Stand Up? Richards’s Cardenio in Cambridge

(p.352) 21 Will the Real Cardenio Please Stand Up? Richards’s Cardenio in Cambridge
The Quest for Cardenio

Richard Proudfoot

Oxford University Press

This review addresses the bold adaptation of Theobald’s Double Falsehood under the title Cardenio by Bernard Richards that was staged by students of Queens’ College, Cambridge, in March 2009. The contention of Richards that Double Falsehood is rendered narratively incoherent by its omission of several actions led him to write supplementary scenes to explicate the early relations of Julio and Henriquez and to bring into close focus the rape of Violante and the abduction of Leonora from the nunnery in a coffin. The added episodes greatly extend the role of Henriquez, though perhaps more in the sado-religiose spirit of the Gothic novel than of early eighteenth-century theatre. An accident-prone winter date for the performances robbed the cast of its Duke, and led to the transformation of Camillo into Camilla, but the actors rose to the occasion and fully vindicated their hazardous enterprise.

Keywords:   Double Falsehood, Cardenio, Bernard Richards, Queens’ College, adaptation, performance, rape

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