While in Stratford, I attempted to go to the Shakespeare Library, located in the same complex as Shakespeare’s birthplace, but it was closed. So, I took this opportunity to do a little shopping. Stratford has many small boutiques and I was able not only get a few souvenirs, but indulge in a little selfish shopping for clothes and shoes.
After an afternoon of shopping, I went to a play….a Shakespeare play of course….well maybe. I went to see Cardenio. Originally it was called The History of Cardenio, and was known to be performed in London in 1613. But, the original manuscript did not survive. The play is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s two lost plays. In 1727 a manuscript was published claiming to be this lost play of Shakespeare’s. Even though its authenticity is still questioned, the play was really enjoyable. I went into thinking that it was going to be either boring or really hard to understand, by the end, I was glad to be wrong on both accounts. It’s pretty cool to say that I went to a Shakespeare play in his hometown…well maybe.