Come fall in love with Cymbeline | 3 performances added

by Christi Rutledge

One of the last plays Shakespeare penned before his passing was Cymbeline, a stunning romance filled with dense, rich language and seemingly impossible twists of fate. It has a little bit of everything in it— love, war, dreams, betrayal and, most enchantingly, resolution and forgiveness. There is something magical about the final works of a playwright, and Shakespeare certainly gave us magic in Cymbeline, which feels beautifully personal.

In case you haven’t had a chance to see Cymbeline yet, here’s a sneak peek:

This production, helmed by our General Director and Artistic Director designate, Antoni Cimolino, has captivated audiences since it began previews. Critics, Shakespeare lovers and newbies have all raved about it. Most recently, New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood wrote this glowing review of our Shakespeare productions, including Cymbeline.

Come and escape into a Shakespearean dream with us! Cymbeline is a gorgeous play that should not be missed – especially when the cast features Cara Ricketts, Graham Abbey, Tom McCamus, Geraint Wyn Davies, Nigel Bennett, IanLake, Yanna McIntosh, Mike Shara, E.B. Smith, Brian Tree and John Vickery.

Because most performances are sold out or nearly sold out, we’ve added three more shows to Cymbeline’s run: October 3 at 2:00 p.m., October 5 at 2:00 p.m. and October 6 at 8:00 p.m. These seats won’t last, so book yours now to experience this spectacular production!

Photo credits: Foreground: Yanna McIntosh as the Queen, Geraint Wyn Davies (centre) as Cymbeline and Mike Shara as Cloten with Brad Hodder and Naomi Wright (background) in Cymbeline. Photo by David Hou.


Cymbeline to be extended to October 6

August 28, 2012… The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is extending the run of its critically acclaimed production of Cymbeline, directed by Antoni Cimolino, General Director and Artistic Director designate.

Because of exceptional demand, the following performances have been added to the schedule:

  • Wednesday, October 3, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6, at 8 p.m.

“I welcomed the opportunity to direct Cymbeline because it is a play that resonates with me personally,” says Mr. Cimolino. “It has been most gratifying to see how it has touched the hearts of our audiences. Though fashioned as a magical fairy tale, it nonetheless has universal appeal with its themes of loss, reconciliation and forgiveness.”

Cymbeline has something for everyone: suspense, humour, fantasy and lively action, all couched in some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language,” says Artistic Director Des McAnuff. “I am delighted that Antoni’s thrilling production has caught the imagination of audiences and hope that it will help bring this wonderful play to broader attention.”

Cymbeline features Graham Abbey as Posthumus, Tom McCamus as Iachimo, Cara Ricketts as Innogen and Geraint Wyn Davies as King Cymbeline, with Nigel Bennett as Caius Lucius, Ian Lake as Arviragus, Yanna McIntosh as the Queen, Mike Shara as Cloten, E.B Smith as Guiderius, Brian Tree as Pisanio and John Vickery as Belarius.

Production support for Cymbeline is generously provided by Barbara and John Schubert and Diana Tremain.

Tickets for are available through the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or online at

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 season runs until October 28, featuring Much Ado About Nothing; 42nd Street, The Matchmaker; Henry V; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Pirates of Penzance; Cymbeline; Wanderlust; Elektra; The Best Brothers; and Hirsch. A Word or Two, The War of 1812 and MacHomer have concluded their runs.