by William Shakespeare
Directed by:
Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 October 2009
Mary Wallace Theatre

The world of Cymbeline is that of fairy-tale, ancient legend, and love tested almost to breaking-point. Cymbeline, King of Britain, furious that his daughter Imogen should have married against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law. In exile in Italy, this vulnerable husband makes a foolish wager on the fidelity of his far-distant wife. What follows is a gripping and moving tale of temptation, deceit, forgiveness and reconciliation, set against a backdrop of war between Britain and Rome, and written in Shakespeare's late style - that is, highly charged and compressed verse, shot-through with dazzling images and haunting poetry. The supernatural plays an important part, as does the horrific and the barely [but entertainingly] credible!

Stephen Oliver


Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre
The Embankment, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3DU

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