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.
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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.