The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Cymbeline at the Barbican-theatre.aspx">Barbican Theatre in London, in a revamped version that depicts the story in a new light. Staged in a celebratory year for Shakespeare, when audiences around the world mark the 400th anniversary of his death in 1616, it comes at a time of great attention on the works of the Bard and will provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate an icon of British (and world) culture.
Gillian Bevan portrays Queen Cymbeline in the production and her bleak Britain is in turmoil. Her daughter is Innogen and it is through her actions that the story is kicked in motion as she marries Posthumus, someone whom Cymbeline loves. Posthumus is thus banished and during his time away from Innogen he is tricked, unveiling a tale of jealousy, tragedy and conspiracy, with comedic elements as well.
The gender-reversed Cymbeline is a unique take on Shakespeare’s original, based on the tales of King Cunobeline. The play was first seen in the 1610s and was immortalised in the First Folio. In the centuries since that date it has naturally been seen around the world, including in recent productions in London, with the latest staging at the Barbican appearing hot on the heels of its Royal Shakespeare Theatre appearance in Stratford-upon-Avon.
And it boasts a Cymbeline in Gillian Bevan, whose work in the capital will make her a familiar face for London theatregoers. Audiences might recognise her from the likes of Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, The Wizard Of Oz for the RSC in the 1980s and television shows like Holby City.
Cymbeline, under the direction of Melly Still, runs at the Barbican from Monday 31st October 2016.
|Booking From:||Monday, 31st October 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 17th December 2016|
|Thu:||1.30pm and 7.15 pm|
|Sat:||1.30pm and 7.15 pm|
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