Once one of cymbelines greatest generals, he was falsely accused of treason and in revenge kidnapped the kings two young sons with the help of their nurse euriphile, whom he married. Shakespeare s comingofage romance is stunningly retold for the 21st century. When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart. Royal shakespeare company rsc production of cymbeline by shakespeare at the. Cymbeline is a late shakespeare play and he brings some of his most persistent ideas on to the stage. Act 2 scene 2 cymbeline royal shakespeare company youtube. Cymbeline by william shakespeare free downloads and. 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. Shakespeare, w cymbeline royal shakespeare company.
When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart posthumus in secret, an enraged cymbeline banishes him. Gillian bevan was the first woman to play cymbeline at the rsc. Shakespeares cymbeline 2015 director michael almereyda and ethan hawke are teaming up to bring us a modernday film adaptation of shakespeares masterpiece, cymbeline. Lucius meets with cymbeline and company again, hoping they will reconsider the whole stickit. Performed at the royal shakespeare theatre in stratford upon avon. Cymbeline is a moral play that prizes good intentions and punishes cruelty. Appearance and reality in the form of deceit is strong in this play. 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. Belarius is a banished lord who calls himself morgan. Imogen sir, it is your fault that i have loved posthumus.
Theatre company and royal shakespeare company coproduction, the. Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winters rages. However, despite the plays resounding moral message, shakespeare complicates traditional notions of morality and loyalty by showing that the value of both traits lies in intention alone. Rsc artistic director gregory doran and ben lumsden, imaginariums head of studio, are interviewed by barbara bogaev. Cymbeline played in the royal shakespeare theatre until october 2016. Users may access full text items free of charge, and may download a copy for. Cestina deutsch espanol francais frysk bahasa indonesia. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, cymbeline s judgement is clouded. Librivox recording of cymbeline version 2 by william shakespeare. Long ago, the two sons of king cymbeline were abducted, leaving cymbeline with a daughter, imogen. A royal shakespeare company production directed by melly still. Among these legends are the stories of the celtic born british king cunobeline. The tragedy of cymbeline is a play by william shakespeare. Consumed with grief at the death of two of his children, cymbelines judgment is clouded.
Cymbeline tells the story of a british king, cymbeline, and his three children, presented as though they are in a fairy tale. Cymbeline royal shakespeare company, 2016 ntsc by william shakespeare. Melly still 2016 production royal shakespeare company. Craig franklin cymbeline is one of the last plays shakespeare wrote, classified by scholars as a late romance or comedy. Consumed with grief at the death of two of his children, cymbeline s judgment is clouded. Cymbeline royal shakespeare company digital theatre. This shakespeare unlimited episode is about the royal shakespeare company production of the tempest with digital effects created by the imaginarium, a performancecapture company thats best known for movie and video game animations. Cymbeline mocks it, cloten mocks it, and imogen knows it and doesnt care. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, cymbelines judgement is clouded.
When innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged cymbeline banishes him. Cymbeline simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The articles in these study guides are not meant to mirror or interpret any particular productions at the utah shakespeare festival. Captured live in stratforduponavon, this adaptation reimagined cymbeline as a queen rather than a king. You bred him as my playfellow, and he is a man worth any woman, overbuys me almost the sum he pays. William shakespeare 15641616 cymbeline is one of shakespeares late romances, which like the tempest and the winters tale combines comedy and tragedy.
Its famous for featuring a highly convoluted plot that oftentimes feels like a grab bag of elements from shakespeares greatest hits. The production played in the royal shakespeare theatre. Looks like the news has made it to rome where this sc. Find out more about the king himself, the disguises and the revelations revealed at the plays end summary of william shakespeares cymbeline. Cymbeline is the king of britain and he has three children, a daughter, imogen, and two sons, guiderius and aviragus. There is also a powerful interest for the audience in its theatrical acts of pursuit and seduction. The show played in the royal shakespeare theatre and the barbican, during our summer 2016 season. In 2016, melly still directed cymbeline at the royal shakespeare company. 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. Cymbeline, king of britain open source shakespeare. Feature trailer cymbeline royal shakespeare company. It is based on a story in a book called holinsheds chronicles by raphael holinshed. The company employs over 1,000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year.
William shakespeares cymbeline is a play written based on ancient legends regarding great britain. Written in 1609, cymbeline is generally regarded as a comedy, although it also has elements of tragedy and romance. Director melly still explains the story of shakespeares cymbeline. Although listed as a tragedy in the first folio, modern critics often classify cymbeline as a romance.
A complete summary of william shakespeares play, cymbeline. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. An ineffectual queen cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian britain that is alienated, insular and on the brink. Cymbeline is the story of posthumus, who is a man of low birth and high merit who secretly gets married to imogen, the daughter of king cymbeline. The rsc plays regularly in london, newcastle upon tyne, and. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. The posters have been placed around london and are available for people to download and print. 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. 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. Cunobeline was rumored to have controlled a large portion of the south of britain and was called king of the britons. Would i were a neatherds daughter, and my leonatus our neighbour shepherds son. William shakespeare 1564 1616 cymbeline is one of shakespeares late romances, which like the tempest and the winters tale combines comedy and tragedy.
With hiran abeysekera, romayne andrews, gillian bevan, doreene blackstock. Shakespeare also used a story in a book by giovanni boccaccio called decameron for some details. Cymbeline by william shakespeare cymbeline is a comedy written by english playwright william shakespeare, who is widely considered to be the greatest writer of the english language. Cymbeline by william shakespeare free at loyal books.
Librivox recording of cymbeline by william shakespeare. Hawke will play the mischiefloving villain, iachimo, who almost ruins the lives of the beautiful imogen and her new upstanding husband, posthumus, by scheming to impugn imogens renowned virtue, about which posthumus. Watch bethan cullinane as innogen and oliver johnstone as iachimo in act 2, scene 2 of our production of cymbeline, directed by melly still. In the royal shakespeare companys revival of the bards rarely performed cymbeline, britain makes a bid for. Cymbeline is one of shakespeares late romances, which like the tempest and the winters tale combines comedy and tragedy. Imogen, the daughter of king cymbeline of britain, angers her father when she marries posthumus, a worthy but penniless gentleman. An ineffectual queen cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian britain. Shakespeare also used history of the kings of britain by geoffrey of monmouth about the reallife british king cunobelinus. The legend of king cymbeline utah shakespeare festival.
The royal shakespeare companys digital tempest folger. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taen thy wages. Cymbeline, which takes places in ancient britain, is filled with hidden identities, extraordinary schemes, and violent acts. The two boys have been missing for a long time and appear in disguise as polydore and cadwal. 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. The royal shakespeare company rsc is a major british theatre company, based in stratforduponavon, warwickshire, england. They are meant, instead, to be an educational jumpingoff point to understanding and enjoying the play in any production at any theatre a bit more thoroughly.1295 115 49 1564 1563 1464 998 847 1574 1252 1265 800 1041 1438 464 415 1390 949 921 1105 1162 773 1332 1534 1344 799 298 677 608 925 654 1308 150 670 650 1383 1528 618 1025 371 781 479 860 529