Cymbeline now on stage at the Stratford Festival

Stratford, ON… Experience a mystical world of adventure-filled drama as Shakespeare’s Cymbeline begins at the Tom Patterson Theatre. Lucy Peacock takes on the title role with Allison Edwards-Crewe as her daughter, Innogen, in this comedic yet tragic romance directed by Esther Jun.

Forbidden love. Familial strife. Political intrigue. In Cymbeline, the final play from Shakespeare’s First Folio, the playwright fuses romance, comedy and tragedy to create a unique fantasia brimming with mistaken identities and gender-swapping disguises. Cymbeline’s daughter, Innogen, one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated heroines, is thrust into the world of court politics and ruthless personal ambitions when she chooses a lover beneath her station. Deceived by the dastardly Iachimo, a worthy contender for the Bard’s all-time greatest villain, Innogen must fight to protect her honour and agency.

Cymbeline brings together all the things I truly love and hold dear about theatre,” says Jun. “It is a play full of magic and beauty, and to me, it’s Shakespeare at his finest.”

Cymbeline features Jonathan Goad as Belarius, Jordin Hall as Posthumus Leonatus, Irene Poole as Pisanio, and Tyrone Savage as Iachimo with Christopher Allen as Cloten, Noah Beemer as Arviragus, Caleigh Crow as Lady in Waiting, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks as Philarmonus (Soothsayer), Matthew Kabwe as Caius Lucius, Wahsontí:io Kirby as Cornelius, Josue Laboucane as Philario and Jailer, Julie Lumsden as Helen and Ghost Mother, Chris Mejaki as Roman Captain and Briton Servant, Evan Mercer as Second Lord and Ghost Brother 1, Marcus Nance as Jupiter, Anthony Palermo as First Lord and Ghost Brother 2, Jennifer Rider-Shaw as Soldier, Rick Roberts as Duke, Anthony Santiago as Frenchman and Ghost Sicillius, Tara Sky as Queen’s Guard, and Michael Wamara as Guiderius.

The creative team includes Set and Lighting Designer Echo Zhou, Costume Designer Michelle Bohn, Composer Njo Kong Kie, Sound Designer Olivia Wheeler, Fight and Intimacy Director Anita Nittoly and Movement Director Alyssa Martin.

Cymbeline officially opens on May 29 and runs until September 28 at the Tom Patterson Theatre. Tickets are available at stratfordfestival.ca or by calling 1.800.567.1600.

The 2024 season also features Twelfth Night, Something Rotten!Romeo and JulietLondon AssuranceLa Cage aux Folles, Wendy and Peter PanSalesman in ChinaHedda GablerThe DivinersThe Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and Get That Hope. For more information, visit stratfordfestival.ca.

The 2024 season is generously supported by Ophelia Lazaridis.

Proud 2024 Season Partners: BMO Financial Group and RBC.

Support for the 2024 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by BMO Financial Group.

Production support is generously provided by The Westaway Charitable Foundation.

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Christopher Allen                   Cloten
Noah Beemer                          Arviragus
Caleigh Crow                          Lady in Waiting, Roman Soldier

Allison Edwards-Crewe         Innogen

Jonathan Goad                        Belarius
Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks          Philarmonus (Soothsayer)

Jordin Hall                              Posthumus Leonatus
Matthew Kabwe                      Caius Lucius
Wahsontí:io Kirby                   Cornelius
Josue Laboucane                    Philario, Jailer
Julie Lumsden                         Helen, Ghost Mother
Chris Mejaki                           Roman Captain, Briton Servant
Evan Mercer                           Second Lord, Ghost Brother 1, Roman Soldier
Marcus Nance                         Jupiter
Anthony Palermo                    First Lord, Ghost Brother 2

Lucy Peacock                         Cymbeline

Irene Poole                              Pisanio
Jennifer Rider-Shaw               Queen’s Guard 2
Rick Roberts                           Duke
Anthony Santiago                   Frenchman, Ghost Sicillius

Tyrone Savage                        Iachimo
Tara Sky                                  Queen’s Guard 1
Michael Wamara                     Guiderius

ARTISTIC CREDITS

Director                                               Esther Jun
Set and Lighting Designer                  Echo Zhou
Costume Designer                              Michelle Bohn

Composer                                            Njo Kong Kie
Sound Designer                                  Olivia Wheeler
Fight and Intimacy Director               Anita Nittoly

Movement Director                            Alyssa Martin
Assistant Director                               Erika (E.D.) Downie
Assistant Set and Costume Designer  Madeline Blondal
Assistant Lighting Designer               Simran Kapoor

Associate Fight Director                     David Chinchilla

Assistant Fight Director                     Nicolas Van Burek

Stage Manager                                    Melissa Rood
Assistant Stage Manager                    Martine Beland
Assistant Stage Manager                    Lily Cardiff
Assistant Stage Manager                    Holly Korhonen
Production Stage Manager                 Meghan Callan

Production Stage Manager                 Elizabeth McDermott
Production Assistant                           Abby Stevenson

Technical Director                              Greg Dougherty

 

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