Buy Tickets From the 2015-2016 Season: Cymbeline Playing September 12, 2015 to September 27, 2015

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$20 General Admission Preview September 11

Jonathan Horne, Anna Fontaine

A chaste princess betrayed and lost, an evil step mother, two brothers unaware of their princely status….sound pretty heavy for a romance? Shakespeare has a way of making it all work out in the end. Full of plot devices reminiscent of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline illustrates Shakespeare's power over audiences. Experience the magic!

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Read the Plot Synopsis

Synopsis for Cymbeline

Cymbeline, king of Britain, has an evil second wife who wishes to see her own oafish son, Cloten, wedded to Cymbeline’s daughter, Imogen. But Imogen, against her father’s will, has married Posthumus Leonatus, who is banished; before parting he gives a bracelet to Imogen. Iachimo, in Rome, boasts to the angry Posthumus that Imogen is corruptible; later, in Britain, he arranges to be secreted in a trunk in her bed-chamber, and when she is asleep, he emerges and steals her bracelet. Posthumus, persuaded, vows to be revenged on Imogen. Writing to her to meet him at Milford Haven, he orders his servant, Pisanio, to kill her on the journey.
Rome demands from Britain tribute that the King refuses. Pisanio, faithful to the bewildered Imogen, tells her to disguise herself as a boy and seek the invading Roman general. Losing herself in Wales, she is sheltered under the name Fidele by a long-banished lord, Belarius, who calls himself Morgan, and two youths who are actually sons of the king (and Imogen’s brothers), stolen in infancy and brought up in a mountain cave. In sickness, Imogen/Fidele takes a sleeping drug that gives the appearance of death.
Cloten, in the clothes of Posthumus, has followed her with evil intent, but one of the youths meets and kills him. Returning, the brothers and Belarius find “Fidele” apparently dead; when she wakes, alone, she mistakes Cloten’s headless body for her husband’s. Profoundly grieved, she joins the Roman general, whose forces are ready to attack Cymbeline.
The courage of Belarius and the princes win the battle for Britain. All come at length before the king, and swiftly, one revelation growing from another, the plot is resolved. There is happiness for all except the dead Queen; Cymbeline magnanimously submits to Rome, and even Iachimo is pardoned, who has fought with the Romans. Imogen and Posthumus are reunited.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin


Director's Notes

Directed by Jeff Watkins

Show Information

Duration

Act One - 60 min / Act Two - 60 min / Act Three - 30 min (One 15 minute intermission & One 5 minute intermission)

Show Roles

Performances September 11-27, 2015

Cymbeline - Troy Willis
The Queen - Mary Russell
Imogen - Anna Fontaine
Cloten - Kevin Roost
Posthumus Leonatus - Paul Hester*
Belarius - J. Tony Brown*
Guiderius - Trey York
Arviragus - Stephen Ruffin
Philaria - Mary Ruth Ralston
Iachimo - Jonathan Horne
Caius Lucius - Matt Nitchie
Pisanio - Adam King
Musician - Mary Ruth Ralston
Ensemble: Troy Willis*, Paul Hester*, Jonathan Horne, Kevin Roost, Mary Russell, Adam King, J. Tony Brown*, Trey York, Stephen Ruffin, Matt Nitchie, Mary Ruth Ralston, Gabriella Anderson, Eric Lang

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
3
 
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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