Reconstructing lost plays
Plays have been lost since antiquity. The purpose of the project is to reconstruct them in the English language from available evidence.
- 1 Antiquity
- 2 Medieval
- 3 Renaissance
- 4 Baroque
- 5 18th century
- 6 19th century
- 7 20th century
- 8 21st century
A Lost Plays Database exits in regard to Greek and Roman plays of antiquity at http://lostgreekplays.com/.
Most Greek plays of antiquity written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides , and Aristophanes have been lost, but the stories may be obtained at least in part through books of Greek mythology, notably The Greek Myths (1955), a compendium assembled by Robert Graves.
A database of lost English plays exists at http://www.lostplays.org/index.php/Main_Page. One example of a lost play is The History of Cardenio by John Fletcher (playwright) and William Shakespeare, reconstructed by Gary Taylor (scholar)
Keep the Widow Waking
A description of the lost play is given at this Internet site:
From that text, we attempt to reconstruct the entire play.