I know, I know - it's not Wednesday. I promise a work of the Bard tomorrow, as per usual. But today, I learned this fabulous piece of news and had to share:
On March 22, Arden Shakespeare will release the play "Double Falsehood", by Lewis Theobald. Theobald wrote the play back in the early 18th century, and it was first performed in 1727, about 100 years after the death of Shakespeare. Theobald always claimed that his play was based on a lost version of an earlier play cowritten by Shakespeare and John Fletcher, and first performed in 1613. The play tells the story of Cardenio, a character taken from Miguel de Cervantes' novel, Don Quixote.
Theobald claimed that some of the words in "Double Falsehood" were Shakespeare's own, which is almost certainly true, in the sense that Shakespeare may have employed some of the same words, but not in the same order - the writing of this particular play is, apparently, all Theobald's. Still, the play traces its origins to Shakespeare, who apparently wrote the first half of the original version, which was completed by Fletcher, then later re-written by Theobald.
I find it interesting that nobody's talking about the obvious points of interest here: that Shakespeare was a fan of Cervantes, say, or an exploration of his relationship with Fletcher. But I'm sure that will all follow, as certain as night follows day (and vice versa).