Shakespeare's play comes to Indian villages - in tents
William Shakespeare will soon travel to the villages of India when
a leading French repertory company in collaboration with the
Mumbai-based Prithvi Theatre stages his masterpiece "The Tempest"
in a mobile tent. The
Falsehood", a Shakespearean play, reportedly lost after it was
last played in 1793, is to be staged again.
The play will be held by the Mokitagrit Theatre company in London.
Although the play is far from being a household name, director
Phil Wilmott said there is something for everyone.
"There's lots of action, cliffhangers, romance, betrayal,
friendship, rape and revenge... an action-packed story which
everyone will enjoy," he told Sky News.
"Double Falsehood" is a tragicomedy thought to be based on
Cervantes' "Don Quixote".
It was first staged at London's Theatre Royal in 1727 - 150 years
after it was written by Shakespeare. It was last shown in Covent
Garden in 1793.
Actor Simon Callow said it was a good production but nowhere in
the league of "King Lear" or "Macbeth".
"It's a very good, well-crafted, strongly-written today play but
it is not one of the masterpieces of human literature," he said.
In the Elizabethan times, when Shakespeare lived, many plays were
written in collaboration - "Double Falsehood" was written along
with John Fletcher.
But it was later reportedly tinkered with in the 18th century by
pantomime writer Lewis Theobald.
Experts, however, said Shakespeare's writing shines through.
"No one's claiming it is a lost masterpiece. There are some clunky
moments in it but there are also some extraordinary magical
moments where you go, 'Oh, yes, that bit is definitely by
Shakespeare'," Wilmott said.