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Barbican Theatre

An ineffectual Queen rules over a divided dystopian Britain, as the Royal Shakespeare Company's Cymbeline plays at London's Barbican for a limited season.

Shakespeare’s coming-of-age romance is stunningly retold for the 21st century. An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain that is alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster.

When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Behind the throne, a figure plots to seize power by murdering them both. In exile, Innogen’s husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful, forcing her away from court on a journey fraught with danger.

Gillian Bevan plays Cymbeline, the first woman to take on the title role for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Melly Still, whose credits include Coram Boy for the National Theatre and The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne, directs the rarely performed play of power, jealousy, sexuality and identity.

Suitable for ages 12 and over.

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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


Hiran Abeysekera, Romayne Andrews, Gillian Bevan, Doreene Blackstock, Eke Chukwu, James Clyde, James Cooney, Beth Cullinane, Marieme Diouf, Jenny Fennessy, Kevin N Golding, Marcus Griffiths, Oliver Johnstone, Byron Mondahl, Theo Ogundipe, Natalie Simpson, Graham Turner, Temi Wilkey, Kelly Williams


Director - Melly Still

Producer - Royal Shakespeare Company

Designer - Anna Fleischle

Choreographer - Terry King

Lighting Designer - Philip Gladwell

Movement Director - Emily Mytton

Sound - Jonathan Ruddick

Music By - Dave Price

ABOUT Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS