Cymbeline – A Review


I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because time spent proofreading is taxing to the brain!

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I was pleased to be invited to watch and review Cymbeline; a play by Shakespeare. Produced by Phizzical Management in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, this colourful play was witty, entertaining, yet surprising in some places. 

The play portrays a young woman, Innojaan, who is the daughter of King Cymbeline, a Bollywood movie mogul. Going against her father’s wishes to marry his stepson, Cloten, Innojaan marries a man who is beneath her status. The play very much reminds me of old Bollywood movies, when the lost boys of Cymbeline, are reunited with him twenty or so years later, and the banished husband of Innojaan, returns with blessings from the father.

I particularly enjoyed the acting of Nicholas Gauci, who played Cymbeline, and Cloten, and Robby Khela, who played cymbeline3various characters Not only was their speech delivery fantastic, but their theatrical approach in acting, was witty and entertaining. In general, I felt the delivery of speech from some actors, were strong in some places, and weak in other areas, but it didn’t affect the show.

Cymbeline1The highlight of the play, was the beginning which began with a Bollywood dance and song. This set the ambiance and atmosphere. As Cymbeline is a Shakespeare play,  I expected grandeur in the music, costume, and delivery, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I rate this play, 4 stars out of 5.

 

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