Cymbeline

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Penguin, Feb 1, 2000 - Drama - 192 pages
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“Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”
—Cymbeline
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragedy in which nothing is as it seems.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
 
• an original Introduction to Cymbeline
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
• commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
• photographs of key RSC productions
• an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
 
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE OF STRATFORDUPONAVON GENTLEMAN
THE QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
Books About the Shakespeare Texts
I1Enter two Gentlemen
I2Enter Cloten and two Lords
I3Enter Imogen and Pisanio
I4Enter Philario Iachimo a Frenchman a Dutchman and a Spaniard
I5Enter Queen Ladies and Cornelius
III3Enter from their cave Belarius Guiderius and Arviragus
III4Enter Pisanio and Imogen
III5Enter Cymbeline Queen Cloten Lucius and Lords
III6Enter Imogen alone in boys clothes
III7Enter two Roman Senators and Tribunes
IV1Enter Cloten alone
IV2Enter Belarius Guiderius Arviragus and Imogen from the cave
IV3Enter Cymbeline Lords and Pisanio

I6Enter Imogen alone
II1Enter Cloten and the two Lords
II2Enter Imogen in her bed A trunk
II3Enter Cloten and Lords
II4Enter Posthumus and Philario
II5Enter Posthumus
III1Enter in state Cymbeline Queen Cloten and Lords at one door and at another Caius Lucius and Attendants
III2Enter Pisanio reading of a letter
IV4Enter Belarius Guiderius and Arviragus
V1Enter Posthumus alone with a bloody handkerchief
V2Enter Lucius Iachimo and the Roman Army at one door and the Briton Army at another Leonatus Posthumus following like a poor soldier They ...
V3Enter Posthumus and a Briton Lord
V4Enter Posthumus and two Jailers
V5Enter Cymbeline Belarius Guiderius Arviragus Pisanio and Lords
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, and was baptised on 26 April 1564. His father was a glove maker and wool merchant and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a well-to-do local land owner. Shakespeare was probably educated in Stratford's grammar school. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway, and the couple had a daughter the following year and twins in 1585.

Shakespeare's theatrical life seems to have commenced around 1590. We do know that he was part of the Lord Chamberlain's Company, which was renamed the King's Company in 1603 when James I succeeded to the throne. The Company acquired interests in two theatres in the Southwark area of London, near the banks of the Thames - the Globe and the Blackfriars.

Shakespeare's poetry was published before his plays, with two poems appearing in 1593 and 1594, dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton. Most of Shakespeare's sonnets were probably written at this time as well.

Records of Shakespeare's plays begin to appear in 1594, and he produced roughly two a year until around 1611. His earliest plays includeHenry VIandTitus Andronicus. A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Richard IIall date from the mid to late 1590s. Some of his most famous tragedies were written in the early 1600s; these include Hamlet, Ot

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