Double Falsehood, Rewrite of Shakespeare & Fletcher's Cardenio, to Play NYC; Cast Announced

News   Double Falsehood, Rewrite of Shakespeare & Fletcher's Cardenio, to Play NYC; Cast Announced Double Falsehood, Lewis Theobald's 18th-century adaptation of a play by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, will get its first professional staging in 250 years at Classic Stage Company's Off-Broadway home.

Director Brian Kulick
Director Brian Kulick

Artistic director Brian Kulick directs the production for a run March 11-April 3.

According to CSC, which is currently producing Three Sisters starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht and Peter Sarsgaard, Double Falsehood "is now believed to be an adaptation of the long lost play Cardenio by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher that was rediscovered and adapted in the 18th century by Lewis Theobald. Long considered the 'holy grail' of the Shakespeare canon, CSC will be the first professional theatre company to present this work since it was first remounted some 250 years ago."

The play has prompted a spirited debate, according to CSC, having been called both "a piece of fraudulence" (Ron Rosenbaum, Slate Magazine) and "brilliant and unusual…the Bard’s style and influence seem irrefutable" (The Observer).

The Times of London recently wrote, "For the most part of three centuries Double Falsehood has been ridiculed as a hoax. That all changed when the Arden Shakespeare, one of the best regarded scholarly editions of Shakespeare's works, endorsed its credentials and made it available."

Opening night is March 22. The CSC cast includes Clayton Apgar, Jon DeVries, Bryce Gill, Phillip Goodwin, Slate Holmgren, Mackenzie Meehan and Hayley Treider. The production features set and costume design by Oana Botez-Ban, lighting by Brian H. Scott and original music and sound design By Christian Frederickson.

Double Falsehood will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 2 PM.

Tickets are $70 for weekday performances and $75 for weekends. For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 E. 13th Street, Monday through Friday noon-6 PM.

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The production will be further complemented by an expanded version of CSC's popular Open Rehearsal Series and panel discussions with noted scholars, including James Shapiro, David Kastan, Stephen Greenblatt and Brean Hammond. Visit classicstage.org for more information.

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