Performing Spanish Culture through Flamenco: Aurality and Embodiment in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Cardenio

  • Carla Della Gatta


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 production of Cardenio presented a performance of Spanish culture constructed from a variety of cultural and temporal sources. The nature of this “lost play re-imagined” was collaborative, and the title page of Cardenio credits eleven men spanning five centuries whose stories, ideas, and in some cases, actual written words, all contributed to what appeared on the stage, and it further states that the production “was developed in rehearsal by the original cast.” Despite these numerous contributors, the RSC most emphasized the authorial roles of Shakespeare and Cervantes in their marketing and program information, but the audience’s experience with hispanidad had little to do with Cervantes’s novel, and the script relied heavily on the dialogue of Double Falsehood.


Spanish Language Audience Member Spanish Word Spanish Setting Entire Cast 
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