Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The play's the thing...

A new Shakespeare  play has been discovered. 'Double Falsehood', thought to be based on long-lost work 'Cardenio', is believed to have been a collaboration between Shakespeare and dramatist John Fletcher. Professor Hammond, editor of the latest Arden collection, says that 'Shakespeare's hand can be discerned in Act One, Act Two and probably the first two scenes in Act Three of the play'. Fletcher is already established as the co-author of two later Shakesspearian plays, 'Henry VIII', and 'The Two Noble Kinsman'. This particular play is thought to have been written in 1612, and performed twice in 1613. Yet this new discovery begs the question, how many more might there be?

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