Ok, ok, ok, Double Falshood (spell it right!) is in the news this week, what with “new” evidence to support the case that it is indeed Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio. First of all, here’s the text of the play, something I first wrote about back in May 2007. You can also read it at Google books. Likewise, in June 2007 the Royal Shakespeare Company did a project in Spain that also played fast and loose with whether it was Double Falshood or Cardenio. Additionally, Shakespeare expert Gary Taylor came out in support of the Cardenio theory in April, 2009. So, what exactly is this week’s news?
Yesterday that changed when The Arden Shakespeare, one of the best regarded scholarly editions of Shakespeare’s plays, published Double Falsehood, endorsing its credentials and making it available in a fully annotated form for the first time in 250 years.
Next summer Double Falsehood will become more embedded in the canon when the Royal Shakespeare Company mounts a production based on it as part of the first season back at its revamped Stratford-upon-Avon home.
So, there you go. More support for the Cardenio argument, but proof? Compelling evidence? Who knows.