Cymbeline

Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare, Emma Rice, Carl Grose
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Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, Emma Rice, Carl Grose

Twenty years after his two sons disappeared, King Cymbeline's only daughter Imogen plans to marry against his wishes. Enraged, Cymbeline banishes her childhood sweetheart Posthumus from court. He flees to Italy and makes a wager he'll soon regret. Cymbeline's new queen plots with her ghastly son Cloten. Emperor Caesar is on the war-path. And poor Joan (who's just got back from the Costa de Sol) hasn't got a clue what's going on!
Kneehigh turn their unique storytelling style to one of Shakespeare's least performed plays. In a script packed with heart-stopping poetry and characteristic charm, their irreverent adaptation plays fast and loose with the Bard. The result is a wild, giddy and elemental adventure that swings from tragedy to comedy and back again. Never has confusion been such fun!
Cymbeline was commissioned by and co-produced in association with the RSC for the Complete Works Festival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783193691
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 01/17/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 70
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kneehigh Theatre is an international theatre company based in Cornwall, England. Kneehigh was started in 1980 by Mike Shepherd. Early productions were performed in village halls, marquees, cliff-tops and quarries. Their productions are often based around mythological tales such as the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale The Red Shoes, The Bacchae and the Cornish legend Tristan and Yseult. Their artistic director Emma Rice won Best Director 2002, Barclays Theatre Awards. Their productions often have a nightmarish, surrealist, mythical feel and are often performed outside in locations such as Restormel Castle, the Minack Theatre and the Eden Project. Kneehigh are currently building The Asylum, a tent that can be configured in 5 ways and pitched in 1 day on any surface. They use a variety of theatrical elements including puppetry, live music (often played with folk instruments such as ukeleles and dulcimers) and an emphasis on visual imagery. Between 1989 and 2006, Sue Hill and Bill Mitchell were working as part of Kneehigh on work that was happening outdoors and on site, influenced heavily by such groups as Footsbarn Theatre and Welfare State International. However, feeling that Kneehigh was pulling in 2 different directions, one based in studios and theatres, and the other based in the landscape, Hill and Mitchell formed their own company Wildworks. The first Wildworks productions were initially co-productions with Kneehigh until 2006 when they made Souterrain, their first independent production. In the autumn of 2007, Kneehigh toured village halls in Cornwall with Blast! A Cornish Expose Performed by 3 Complete Idiots! and presented Noël Coward's Brief Encounter in Birmingham and at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. After finishing a run of Brief Encounter at the Cinema Haymarket in the West End, the show toured the UK before going overseas to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

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Cymbeline (Oxford Shakespeare Series) 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FCT More than 1 year ago
This is probably the worst edition of Cymbeline ever printed.  Acts III and IV are omitted, so that the plot makes very little sense.  The back cover mentions both the homoerotic aspect of the play and the beautiful lyric "Fear no more the heat o'the sun," but the reader can find neither without Acts III and IV, where they appear.  This edition has no line numbers or textual notes.  It is graphically appealing, but lacking in substance.  I hope Barnes & Noble will very carefully vet future books published by Watersgreen House.