One of the lesser staged tragedies, Cymbeline kicks off the RSC’s autumn season in the heart of Shakespeare country before travelling to London’s Barbican.
Melly Still directs this topical play where Britain is in crisis, alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster… sounding familiar?
Post Brexit, many of the themes in Shakespeare’s play remain. The nation’s identity is called into question as Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain. She is grieving the the death of two of her children, and her judgement is clouded. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. A fight for power ensues with devious plots and murderous thoughts.
It’s set to be a thrilling production exploring the romance of power, jealousy and the journey of love. Can the country be saved?
Check out the RSC’s exciting trailer.