This strange, dark romance includes two songs composed by Shakespeare that are amongst the most beautiful in the English language.
Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.
Sophie Thompson is Imogen, and Ben Porter is Posthumus. Cymbeline is played by Jack Shepherd; Suzanne Bertish is the Queen. Stephen Mangan plays Cloten, and Ron Cook plays Iachimo.
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A fine performance
- M. Faulkner
Well-performed, needs more direction
The performers were great. I just wish there was a little more narration. I don't mean adding anything to Shakespeare, but even having someone read who enters and exits the stage would help. When someone started talking in a new scene, it sometimes took several minutes to know who was on stage and who the players were. I also would have liked to hear "Act II, Scene III," (etc), but that wasn't a big deal.
Now that I've listened to it, I can listen to it again and again and it will be easier to follow each time. I just had to reference the text occasionally to get on track, which was difficult as I was listening to it in the car.