WIN Cymbeline tickets and Shakespeare Live on DVD
THE Stratford-upon-Avon Herald has teamed up with the Royal Shakespeare Company to offer a great prize package for theatre lovers. Three lucky winners will win a pair of tickets to see Cymbeline as well as a copy of Shakespeare Live! From the RSC on DVD.
Cymbeline is Shakespeare’s coming of age tragicomic romance. A story of power, sexuality and identity, stunningly retold for the 21st century.
An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain.
Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, Cymbeline’s judgement is clouded. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him.
Behind the throne, a power-hungry figure plots to seize power by murdering them both. In exile Innogen’s husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealousy begins a scheme to have her murdered. Warned of the danger, Innogen runs away from court in disguise and begins a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a long-lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.
Shakespeare’s rarely-performed tragicomic romance is directed by Melly Still who designed Tales from Ovid and Midnight’s Children for the RSC, and whose directing credits include The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Opera and Coram Boy for the National Theatre.
Melly directs Gillian Bevan in the role of Cymbeline, the first woman to take on the role for the RSC, and Bethan Cullinane (King Lear, 2013, Globe Theatre) as Innogen. The production runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until 15th October.
For tickets see www.rsc.org.uk Celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the world’s greatest playwright in April, the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company came together in an extravaganza, celebrating Shakespeare’s words and his enduring influence on all performance art forms, from Berlioz and Bernstein, to hip-hop and jazz, from ballet to Broadway to blues and back.
This unique event came from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, in the presence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
DVDs are now available to buy from the RSC Shop in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and online: rsc.org.uk/shop
To enter the competition to win Cymbeline tickets and a copy of the Shakespeare Live! From the RSC DVD answer on page 10 of the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, dated Thursday, 7th July, 2016.