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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shakespeare Tavern means it this time, producing final play in Bard's canon

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM

WE DID IT! OR DID WE? The Atlanta Shakespeare Company toasts the canon completion
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  • WE DID IT! OR DID WE? The Atlanta Shakespeare Company toasts the canon completion

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Tavern recently set a record by becoming "the first theatre company in the United States to have performed Shakespeare’s entire 39-play canon."

But wait! There's more! Last week the Tavern sent out the following message:

It has come to our attention that The Arden Shakespeare now includes Double Falsehood (or Cardenio...or The Distresed Lovers). While we are not confident that this is a play by Shakespeare, indeed it might be another collaboration play like Edward III and The Two Noble Kinsmen. We have dedicated ourselves to perfoming his complete works as the experts define them. We would be remiss to not include this play somehow in our repertoire, especially this season, having recently completed his 39-play Canon.

Having conducted an email survey of the company's regular audience, the theater has decided to add Double Falsehood to this year's line-up, with eight performances from June 2-12. Today the Tavern announced:

Double Falsehood is a tragicomedy thought to be based on Cervantes' Don Quixote. Full of action, cliffhangers, romance, betrayal, friendship and revenge... this is an action-packed story everyone will enjoy! First shown at London's Theatre Royal in 1727... Last shown somewhere in Covent Garden in 1793... Now popping up in theatres around the globe... But only ASC will perform it with Original Practice, so you know it'll be good. Join us for more history-makin'!

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