With an expert introduction by sir jonathan bate, this unique edition presents a historical overview of cymbeline in performance, takes a detailed look at specific productions, and recommends film versions. This production played only at the royal shakespeare theatre. Cymbeline at royal shakespeare theatre lacked impact. The rsc claims that this was their largest project in its history. When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged cymbeline banishes him. When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart posthumus in secret, an enraged cymbeline banishes him. All in all, cymbeline is a tale of restoration and reconciliation. In shakespeares original version, however, cymbeline is a male monarch. From the royal shakespeare company a modern, definitive edition of shakespeares immortal love story. Written around 1611, the play follows imogen, a smart and resourceful young woman wrongly accused of being unchaste but who is later reconciled with her hubby.
Director melly still explains the story of shakespeare s cymbeline. I read this during a shakespeare course in college and then watched a film version. Cymbeline played in the royal shakespeare theatre until october 2016, then it transferred to the barbican, london. Royal shakespeare company, royal shakespeare theatre. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Cymbeline, which began its run at the barbican in london on the 31st of october, is one of shakespeares most notoriously confusing and ridiculous plays. Read our faqs or reach out to our customer service team. The act of telling repeatedly recurs in cymbeline, where characters one after the other confide their true feelings to the listening audience. William shakespeare, cymbeline not a great shakespeare play. A pair of lovers separated by exile, an evil queen, a crazed stepson, a jealous friend, and a pair of longlost royal brothers. Royal sir, since the exile of posthumus, most retired. Cymbeline is among shakespeares last five plays, four of which are romances. Watch bethan cullinane as innogen and oliver johnstone as iachimo in act 2, scene 2 of our production of cymbeline, directed by melly still. Consumed with grief at the death of two of his children, cymbeline s judgment is clouded.
Cymbeline by william shakespeare william shakespeare s cymbeline is a play written based on ancient legends regarding great britain. Cymbeline royal shakespeare company digital theatre. Captured live in stratforduponavon, this adaptation reimagined cymbeline as a queen rather than a king, making gillian bevan the first woman to play the title role at the rsc. From then on, there is the usual cross dressing confusion as innogen dresses as a man to find posthumus. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing royal shakespeare company. One of his least performed plays, shakespeares tale of romance and reconciliation is brought to life in this dystopian production from the royal shakespeare company. Cunobeline was rumored to have controlled a large portion of the south of britain and was called king of the britons. Included in this edition are interviews with two leading directors.
In the theater, most of these difficulties are solved for us by actors who study. The secret marriage of cymbelines daughter, imogen, triggers much of the action, which includes villainous slander, homicidal jealousy, crossgender disguise, a deathlike trance, and the appearance of jupiter in a vision. Synopsis cymbeline royal shakespeare company youtube. In cymbeline, as in all of shakespeares writing, more problematic are the. A complete summary of william shakespeares play, cymbeline. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Cymbeline royal shakespeare company, 2016 ntsc by william shakespeare.
When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart. Users may access full text items free of charge, and may download a copy for private study or. One of his least performed plays, shakespeare s tale of romance and reconciliation is brought to life in this dystopian production from the royal shakespeare company. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, cymbelines judgement is clouded. Oct 20, 2016 watch bethan cullinane as innogen and oliver johnstone as iachimo in act 2, scene 2 of our production of cymbeline, directed by melly still. Many of shakespeares plays are based on existing sources or history, and cymbeline, too, is. Further, the revelation that the two princes were stolen as infants is yet another reason for cymbelines insecurity about his heirs and legacy. Social class was a big deal in shakespeares england, and cymbeline is totally reflective of that. An ineffectual king cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian britain. A fresh, challenging and highly creative production, of power, jealousy and a journey of love and reconciliation. During shakespeares lifetime companies of english players performed at the courts of german princes, and there were even purposebuilt playhouses remarkably like english playhouses some years before the building of the first theatre in london.
Director melly still explains the story of shakespeares cymbeline. Courtesy of the home office, which in november 2015 unveiled a new design for the british passport featuring watermarks of shakespeare on each and every. Cymbeline, king of britain, tells a pretty crazy story, complete with an evil stepmother, a wicked villain, a scheming suitor, and a death potion. Act 2 scene 2 cymbeline royal shakespeare company youtube. Those who have studied latin or even french or german or spanish, and. In the theater, most of these difficulties are solved for us by actors who study the. The complete works was a festival set up by the royal shakespeare company, running between april 2006 and. Find out more about the king himself, the disguises and the revelations revealed at the plays end summary of william shakespeare s cymbeline. At one point in cymbeline, michael almereydas modernday take on the william shakespeare play, the action stops for a minute for a scene featuring costar milla jovovich singing bob dylans dark eyes. In such a way, cymbelines royal authority appears compromised under the structure of the empire. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required.
When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart posthumus in secret, an enraged cymbeline. In our current production of cymbeline, the title role refers the queen of britain, played by gillian bevan. Cymbeline is not entirely free to reign on his own, as he owes the emperor his time and his money. The company employs over 1,000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year. Cymbeline by william shakespeare free at loyal books. In shakespeare s original version, however, cymbeline is a male monarch. I think, if grouped with these two, it is the runt of the jealous litter. It is this sensibility that underlies the shakespeare theatre companys production of cymbeline as a tale told to a young person. Captured live in stratforduponavon, this adaptation reimagined cymbeline as a queen rather than a king.
Shakespeares rarely performed romance of power, jealousy and a journey of love and reconciliation. The royal shakespeare company rsc is a major british theatre company, based in stratforduponavon, warwickshire, england. A couple of months ago, before the uk jumped the proverbial shark in the eu referendum, a line from cymbeline was doing the rounds on social media as brexiteers leapt on shakespeares comment that. Andrew dickson traces the long history of germanys love for the bard, and describes the way his work has been interpreted by germans from goethe and brecht to the nazis. There seems to be a very dark aura surrounding the characters and the setting. Cymbeline is willing to marry his beloved daughter to cloten solely because cloten, as his stepson, is closer to the throne than posthumus, even though cymbeline raised posthumus, too. Theatre company and royal shakespeare company coproduction, the tunisia. He even calls on the queen and cloten to help navigate the difficult meeting. May 11, 2016 cymbeline at royal shakespeare theatre. It has a few good lines and seems to follow the path cut by earlier jealousy plays like the winters tale and othello. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. The production played in the royal shakespeare theatre. Shakespeare, w cymbeline royal shakespeare company, 2016. With hiran abeysekera, romayne andrews, gillian bevan, doreene blackstock.
Would i were a neatherds daughter, and my leonatus our neighbour shepherds son. Consumed with grief at the death of two of his children, cymbelines judgment is clouded. Many of shakespeares plays are based on existing sources or history, and cymbeline, too, is loosely based on cunobeline, a celtic king. Speaking as an enormous fan of both of them, i thought this union of two favorites in the popculture firmament would be worth the price of admission all by itself.
Pericles, the winters tale, the tempest, and cymbeline. An unmissable chance to see one of shakespeares rarely performed plays. Among these legends are the stories of the celtic born british king cunobeline. Captured live in stratforduponavon, this adaptation reimagined cymbeline.
Cymbeline is one of shakespeares late romances, which like the tempest and the winters tale combines comedy and tragedy. Imogen sir, it is your fault that i have loved posthumus. Nov 21, 2016 cymbeline, which began its run at the barbican in london on the 31st of october, is one of shakespeare s most notoriously confusing and ridiculous plays. If shakespeare s cymbeline is a little known play, the historical figure is even more of an unknown monarch. Social class was a big deal in shakespeare s england, and cymbeline is totally reflective of that. Shakespeare, w cymbeline royal shakespeare company, 2016 bluray, hd by william shakespeare. If shakespeares cymbeline is a little known play, the historical figure is even more of an unknown monarch. A complete summary of william shakespeare s play, cymbeline. Find out more about the king himself, the disguises and the revelations revealed at the plays end summary of william shakespeares cymbeline.
Shakespeare, w cymbeline royal shakespeare company. May 24, 2016 director melly still explains the story of shakespeare s cymbeline. No country outside the uk can boast a longer history of involvement with shakespeare than germany. Commonwealth shakespeare company, founding artistic director steven maler, is pleased to present its 24th season of free shakespeare on the common. Cymbeline tells the story of a british king, cymbeline, and his three children, presented as though they are in a fairy tale.
William shakespeare 15641616 cymbeline is one of shakespeares late romances, which like the tempest and the winters tale combines comedy and tragedy. This production ran from 19871988 and was performed at the royal shakespeare theatre, stratforduponavon, the gulbenkian studio. Many of shakespeare s plays are based on existing sources or history, and cymbeline. Well refund your credit card or we can credit your fandango account to use for another movie. Cymbeline, king of britain open source shakespeare. Cymbeline, king of britain 1609 scenes 27 total complete text act i. If you provide details, we will use your details only to contact you only in respect to the knowledge you have provided. A couple of months ago, before the uk jumped the proverbial shark in the eu referendum, a line from cymbeline was doing the rounds on social media as brexiteers leapt on.
William shakespeares cymbeline is a play written based on ancient legends regarding great britain. You bred him as my playfellow, and he is a man worth any woman, overbuys me almost the sum he pays. Imogen, the daughter of king cymbeline of britain, angers her father when she marries posthumus, a worthy but penniless gentleman. Cymbeline mocks it, cloten mocks it, and imogen knows it and doesnt care. Mar 15, 2016 every year, there are more performances of shakespeares plays in germany than there are in england. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, cymbeline s judgement is clouded. This tale of love and passion, produced for the first time on the companys mainstage, runs in the tina packer playhouse from july 4 to august 6, 2017.881 759 413 1492 1485 394 1486 1315 97 578 80 501 1419 448 51 1125 679 329 7 405 138 1078 303 1142 298 865 734 1614 1075 1086 1130 35 8 399 859 95 1041 1333 281 374 693 421