Shakespeare Saturday: Cymbeline

Pardon's the word to all. Cymbeline is a play full of fantastical (or fantastically convoluted) plot twists, creative character names and sort of knowing winks to his earlier plays. There's a cross-dressing woman! Mistaken identities! Evil Queens! And a title that is ever so slightly inaccurate - in fact, so much so that when staging … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Cymbeline

Shakespeare Saturday: The winter’s tale

Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance. The Winter's Tale is another work hovering somewhere between "late pastoral romance", comedy and a problem play, having a somewhat problematic structure - the first three acts are a dark, somber tragedy, a portrayal of the madness of King Leontes that results in … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: The winter’s tale