Kinda sorta not really?
My experts probably know the drill, but for the newbies: There’s been a play that we’ve known about for a while, called Double Falsehood (not sure if there’s a The in front of that) by Lewis Theobald. Here’s the thing – he always maintained that it was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cardenio, the holy grail of lost Shakespeare plays.
“Ummm…and do you *have* a copy of Cardenio?” people would excitedly ask him at cocktail parties, trying not to salivate.
“Unfortunately my dog ate it,” he would reply. Or the 19th century equivalent of a similar excuse.
Anyway – a little while back (just last year?) renowed Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor announced that he was backing Double Falsehood’s story, and has “re-adapted” (maybe?) it into The History of Cardenio.
If you’re in the neighborhood of Victoria University of Wellington next month (May 2009) you may get a chance to see it.