Cardenio is one of Shakespeare’s “Lost plays”. Academics are uncertain of it’s provenance, but some believe it is indeed a play written by Shakespeare.
Setting Spain – a royal palace, various houses, a tomb in a cathedral. See full settings of Cardenio on a map.
Date written: est. 1611/1612
Genre classification: Cardenio is a lost play, but can also be categorised as a revenge tragedy.
Main Characters in Cardenio: Govianus (the Cardenio of Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote), a desposed king who is in love with The Lady; The Lady, a woman who loves Govianus; The Tyrant, Govianus’ usurper; Helvetius, father of The Lady; Anselmus, brother of Govianus; The Wife, Anselmo’s wife; Votarius, lover of The Wife See a full list of characters in Antony & Cleopatra.
Themes in Cardenio: As with many of Shakespeare’s plays, the themes are a combination of eternal love, revenge and death.