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Cymbeline

Alternative title
The Shakespeare Plays
Synopsis
Television production of Cymbeline with Richard Johnson in the title role and Helen Mirren as Imogen.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
29 Jul 1982
Transmission details
10 Jul 1983 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
175 mins

Credits

Director
Elijah Moshinsky
Producer
Shaun Sutton
Writer
William Shakespeare
Costume
Dinah Collin
Art Direction
Barbara Gosnold
Contributor
David Snodin
Cast
Richard JohnsonCymbeline, King of Britain
Helen MirrenImogen
Michael PenningtonPosthumus Leonatus
Robert LindsayIachimo
Paul JessonCloten
Aimee DelamainGentlewoman
Allan HendrickFrenchman
Anthony PleethMusician
Claire BloomQueen
David CreedonArviragus
Geoffrey BurridgeGuiderius
Geoffrey LumsdenPhilario
Graham CrowdenCaius Lucius
Hugh ThomasCornelius
John KanePisanio
Marius GoringGhost of Sicilius Leonatus
Michael GoughBelarius
Michael HordernJupiter
Nicholas YoungLord
Nigel RobsonSinger
Patricia HayesPhilharmonus, a Soothsayer
Patsy SmartHelen
Pavlo BeznosiukMusician
Peter AldwynBritish Captain (Captain)
Philip PickettMusician
Ray MortJailer
Terence McGinityBritish Captain (Captain)
Tom FinucaneMusician

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
17th Century
Plays
Cymbeline
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Cymbeline
Cymbeline

Notes

Notes
The production is commercially available on DVD as part of the BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION box set (see separate entry).
History
This production is part of the fifth season (producer: Shaun Sutton). Recording took 7 days.
Textual information
Between 1978 and 1986 the BBC published individual scripts of the series. Each volume of The BBC TV Shakespeare, ed. Peter Alexander et al. (London: British Broadcasting Corporation) contains the full text of the play (the Peter Alexander edition) with accompanying notes on the scene breaks and cuts made in the production, as well as a glossary. A general introduction to the play by series literary advisor John Wilders is followed by an essay on the production of the play by Henry Fenwick. This is based on interviews with actors, directors, and designers.
Reviews
Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Neil Taylor, "Two Types of Television Shakespeare", Shakespeare Survey, Volume 39: Shakespeare on Film and Television (Cambridge, 1987), pp. 103-111.

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Name

Time-Life Films Inc

Phone
0101 201 843 4545
Address
PO Box 644
NJ 07652
USA

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE
Name

Trumedia Ltd

Contact
Bill Cotton
Email
sales@trumedia.co.uk
Web
https://trumedia.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01865 847837
Fax
01865 847837
Address
9 Meadow View
Kidlington
Kidlington
OX5 2XY
Notes
Trumedia supplies video tapes and DVDs to UK schools, colleges and universities and is geared up to take official orders from educational institutions. The catalogue highlights programmes likely to be of use in the curriculum, but the company can supply any video in current UK distribution, as well as some deleted titles. Particularly strong in the areas of English literature and drama, as well as history, natural history, art & artists, and foreign language films.

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