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Barbican Theatre

Full of sexual jealousy, tension, intrigue and magic, Shakespeare's Cymbeline is a romantic tragedy.

Internationally renowned for his visually powerful adaptations of Shakespeare, legendary director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the Barbican with his eagerly-awaited production of Shakespeare’s romance tragedy, Cymbeline.

Full of sexual jealousy, tension, intrigue and magic, the play follows Princess Imogen, who has secretly married the lowly Posthumus for love. When the secret is out, she incurs the wrath of her father King Cymbeline, and becomes the target of the dangerous schemings of her evil stepmother.

Ninagawa’s previous directorial credits at the Barbican include Musashi, Hamlet, Coriolanus and a Kabuki Twelfth Night.

Cymbeline, which is in Japanese with English surtitles, is part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

Age guidance 12+

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Nearest Tube
Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate (250m)

Nearest Bus
153 (stops outside theatre) 8,11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344, 4 (Mon-Sat only), 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri only)

Nearest Train
Moorgate (250m)

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Cast & Creative


Hiroshi Abe, Shinobu Otake


Director - Yukio Ninagawa

Producer - Ninagawa Company, Barbican in association with Thelma Holt and HoriPro Inc

Author - William Shakespeare

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