IUPUI performance of ‘lost’ Shakespeare play catches attention of BBC

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis got some serious notice across the pond with this story in BBC News Magazine about its production of “The History of Cardenio.”

The History of Cardenio

Recreated and reimagined by Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor and directed by IUPUI professor Terri Bourus, performances of the ‘lost’ play at IUPUI last month served as its debut as a full-scale stage production.

Taylor has spent more than 20 years tracking down what is believed to be the original language used by Shakespeare and collaborator James Fletcher when they wrote the play back in the 1600s. The play never appeared in print, and the 18th-century version published by a Shakespeare imitator was “seriously messed with and modified,” Taylor told the British news service.

Bourus and Taylor are also working together on “New Oxford Shakespeare,” an editing project to create the first multi-format, multi-platform edition of all Shakespeare’s texts.


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