Blogs dated December 2010

Princess Elizabeth

December 21, 2010

It is odd how one's eyes and ears become particularly sensitive when you are researching a project - attuned to any possible connection that might be useful or interesting. Even though we are pressed for time, I am inclined to make a detour...

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A Royal Wedding - Christmas 1612

December 21, 2010

As the happy couple, Frederick and admired Elizabeth, sat in the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall to watch the King's Men perform The Tempest, there must have been a frisson of recognition as the goddesses in the masque blessed the union of Prince Ferdinand and the admired Miranda (both bride and groom had turned sixteen that August). But Frederick was a German prince, and one of the staunchest Protestant princes in Europe. What on earth was Shakespeare doing adapting the latest hit novel from Catholic Spain?...

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Curiosity piqued

December 21, 2010
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So what to do? Abandon the idea of exploring it further, or try and reconstruct the missing scenes? I became hooked on the story and the mystery of the 'lost Shakespeare'...

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Designing Cardenio

December 13, 2010
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There is has a huge model box on the table surrounded by little cardboard cut-outs and pieces of perspex and bubble wrap. The model box represents the Swan Theatre, in 1:25 scale. There is always a nerve-wracking moment when you first look at what the designer has placed in the box for you to see.

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The Swan re-visited

December 7, 2010
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As we enter, I can't help grinning. It's like recognising an old friend. Niki is grinning too. And I can really begin to see the production now. I can imagine just how the play may work in this space.

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The first clue?

December 1, 2010

Then in the most extraordinary script the word 'Cardenna'. The initial C looks like a hot cross bun, a sort of O with a cross through it. The word seemed to have its own enigmatic calligraphic flourish.

And this is the start of the journey.

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In the Bodleian Library

December 1, 2010
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"And what exactly are you researching?" the admissions officer enquired. "I'm looking for the evidence of a play said to be written by Shakespeare and based on Cervantes." I said. "Hmmm..." she mused, and perched me on a chair by her desk, while she decided how to process my rather unusual application.

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