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Cymbeline

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the 1987 Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Cymbeline. Directed by Bill Alexander with Harriet Walter as Imogen.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
26 May 1988
Duration
210 mins

Credits

Director
Bill Alexander
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Kit Surrey
Cast
David BradleyCymbeline, King of Britain
Harriet WalterImogen
Nicholas FarrellPosthumus Leonatus
Donald SumpterIachimo
Bruce AlexanderCloten
Akim MogajiFrenchman
Arnold YarrowStranger
Arnold YarrowPhilharmonus, a Soothsayer
Arnold YarrowJupiter
Bruce AlexanderHangman
David O’HaraGuiderius
Deborah GoodmanHelen
Guy FithenGentleman
Henrietta BessLady/Musician/Ghost
Jim HooperPisanio
Julie LegrandQueen
Michael CadmanCornelius
Paul SpenceArviragus
Paul WebsterBelarius
Richard ConwayPhilario
Trevor MartinCaius Lucius

Additional Details

Theatre
Pit, Barbican
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Cymbeline
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A recording was also made 31 August 1989 (with Naomi Wirthner as Imogen).
General
"Musicians in shadows play the chimes and steel drums ranged against the fourth wall. Otherwise the set is austere and the costumes discreetly polychronistic, from classical tunics to puffed Tudor doublets and a caddish Regency waistcoat (for the arch-cad Iachimo)." Martin Hoyle, Financial Times (March 23 1988).
History
Press night at The Pit 22 March 1988. The production opened at The Other Place 12 November 1987. The RSC recording is from a performance at the Pit.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Wells, Stanley Shakespeare Survey 42 (1990) pp 129-48 (esp 139-42). Billington, Michael The Guardian (24 March 1988) p21.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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