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The History Of Cardenio

Hoosier Bard Productions opened the new theatre in the IUPUI Campus Center in April 2012 with Gary Taylor's recreation of the lost play by Shakespeare and his younger contemporary John Fletcher, The History of Cardenio, inspired by the first translation of one of the world's most famous novels, Don Quixote de la Mancha.

The production-- directed by Terri Bourus, with Gary Taylor as dramaturge--not only made news in Indianapolis, but was also the subject of a feature story on BBC television, a positive review in the Johns Hopkins University Press journal Shakespeare Bulletin, and a half-hour public television documentary CSI Shakespeare, nominated for three Emmy awards. IUPUI hosted an international academic colloquium, a series of public lectures, and a concert of classical Spanish music and dance, to coincide with the performances.

The production and the colloquium inspired a lavishly illustrated collection of seventeen essays, edited by Bourus and Taylor, globally published by Palgrave in September 2013.


History of Cardenio Program

“History of Cardenio: Is Shakespeare's lost work recovered?”

BBC Magazine—May 9, 2012

“New IUPUI theater goes back 400 years for re-imagined 'Cardenio'” Indianapolis Star—Apr. 17, 2012

"'Lost' play launches state-of-art IUPUI theater"

NUVO—Apr. 16, 2012

“the premiere of History of Cardenio is Provocate's theatre pick of the week—maybe the event of the year”


“An Old-New Play in a Very New Space”

Indiana Public Media—Apr. 19, 2012

“Reconstructed 'Cardenio' Christens IUPUI's New Campus Center Theater”

Arts America—Apr. 16, 2012

“New Life for an Old Play, but Is It Shakespeare's?”

New York Times—Mar. 1, 2006

Terri Bourus and Gary Taylor discuss The History of Cardenio (Audio)

Art of the Matter, WFYI (NPR)—Apr. 6, 2012

CSI: Shakespeare Trailer (Video)

WFYI (PBS)—Oct. 12, 2012

“Documentary traces English professor’s reconstruction of lost Shakespearean play”

Florida State 24/7—Nov. 1, 2012


“Review: The History of Cardenio” (PDF attached)

Shakespeare Bulletin—Winter 2012

"Review: The History of Cardenio at IUPUI"

NUVO—Apr. 20, 2012

Events & Research


"The History of Cardenio: Spain and England, Then and Now"

IUPUI School of Liberal Arts—Apr. 27-28, 2012


"The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play, eds. David Carnegie and Gary Taylor"

Oxford University Press—October 2012

"The Creation and Re-creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes, eds. Terri Bourus and Gary Taylor"

Palgrave MacMillan—September 2013