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Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (FreeRange Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2013

In spite of his genius, some of Shakespeare’s plays don’t exactly have a good reputation, and ‘Cymbeline’ is one such play. With a convoluted plot and frankly yawn-raising script, FreeRange deserve a hearty pat on the back for taking on this runt of the Bardic litter. However, I really rather wish they hadn’t bothered. Here the dark tale of the King of Britain and his wayward children is staged plainly, with a confusing mix of modern and Elizabethan setting, making for a production that lacks the imagination or energy to keep an audience gripped. Saying that, there are some commendable performances here, that juggle with Shakespeare’s later, peculiar language with confidence, if not outstanding creativity.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 25 Aug (not 13), 6.00pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Katharine Wootton]