Double Falsehood: rarely seen 'Bard' play

Classic Stage Company (CSC) continues its 44th season with Double Falsehood, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, adapted for the 18th Century stage by Lewis Theobald, and directed by Brian Kulick. The play will open at CSC on 22 Mar 2011, following previews from 11 Mar, and run through to 3 Apr 2011.

he official press opening is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm. 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.

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."

Double Falsehood has prompted a spirited debate, 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).

CSC will be the first professional theatre company to present this work since it was first remounted some 250 years ago.

The cast of Double Falsehood features Clayton Apgar, Jon DeVries, Bryce Gill, Phillip Goodwin, Slate Holmgren, Mackenzie Meehan and Hayley Treider.

The creative team includes set & costume design by Oana Botez-Ban, lighting by Brian H. Scott, and Original Music & Sound Design By Christian Frederickson.

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