A dark fairytale comes to life…by William Shakespeare

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford Upon Avon
Fri 19 May 2023 - Sat 27 May 2023


Cymbeline is the king of ancient Britain. His daughter Imogen marries Posthumus against her father’s will. In exile, Posthumus places a bet on the chastity of his wife, a wager he will come to regret.

A dark fairytale comes to life…

Cymbeline tumbles from Rome to the hills of Wales, and teems with extraordinary fairytale characters: a wicked stepmother, a girl who flees in disguise, a faithful servant, lost brothers and even a headless corpse. As Jupiter descends on an eagle to resolve this beguiling tangle of tales, Cymbeline rises to a breathtaking crescendo, the giddiest climax in the entire canon.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, our Artistic Director Emeritus Gregory Doran directs the last play in that miraculous volume.

If you have never seen Cymbeline before, make sure you see this production of Shakespeare’s rare late romance in this most special year.

  • Running time:3hrs 15 mins. Part 1: 1 hr 15 mins (15 mins interval) Part 2: 55 mins (5 mins pause) Part 3: 45 mins
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