Get a 1st Look at Arden of Faversham at Red Bull Theatre | Playbill

Production Photos Get a 1st Look at Arden of Faversham at Red Bull Theatre

This will be one of the first New York stagings of what might be one of William Shakespeare's first artistic endeavors.

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Get a glimpse of Red Bull Theatre's production of Arden of Faversham with new production photos. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Kathryn Walat, and directed by Jesse Berger, this is the first production of Arden of Faversham to play New York in many years. With preview performances beginning March 6, the production will open March 16, and continue through April 1.

See the first-look photos below:

Get an Exclusive 1st Look at Red Bull Theatre's Arden Of Faversham

As scholar Tanya Pollard explains; "Printed in 1592 with no authorial attribution, Arden of Faversham has long been seen as the most famous anonymous play from the Elizabethan era. In recent years, however, its authorship has become a topic of heated critical debate. Scholars have generally agreed that the play was written collaboratively, as was typical of early modern drama in general and especially at the time of Arden’s composition. New work with computational stylistic analysis has supported a growing consensus that the play was written by two authors: one possibly Thomas Watson, and the other, responsible for many of the play’s middle scenes, William Shakespeare. If Shakespeare contributed to Arden, as seems increasingly likely, it would be one of the earliest plays in which he had a hand—possibly the earliest. As such, it introduces suggestive details about his early artistic development. In particular, its unusually substantial and complex female leading role offers a haunting pre-history for later Shakespearean creations such as Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, and Cleopatra. This production compounds the play’s collaborative voices with two newer additions: Jeffrey Hatcher and Kathryn Walat.”

Arden of Faversham features scenic design by Christopher Swader and Justin Swader, costume design by Mika Eubanks, lighting design by Reza Behjat, and original music and sound design by Greg Pliska.

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