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Another bow to British royalty with more Cymbeline & 30-minute hot pots of Corrie

- August 31st, 2012

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Tom McCamus as Iachimo in Cymbeline. Photo by David Hou. 

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Cara Ricketts in seen here as Innogen in the current production of Cymbeline at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
DAVID HOU/STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

JBNBlog is one of many applauding Cymbeline at the 2012 Stratford Shakespeare Festival. We loved it as the best of what we saw at SSF during 2012ch & believe it to be the best C we will (perhaps) ever see . . . congratulations on its extended run to all concerned. Hooray.

The Coronation Street public service announcement which follows the good news about Cymbeline is in the spirit of a last day of August salute to Merry Olde . . . Cymbeline’s young lovers go through enough twists & tortures to time travel to Weatherfield, but the Corrie St. characters seldom cite Shakespeare as they go about their Mancunian misdeeds & mixups. Maybe Corrie is more the modern day Vanity Fair — a work without a hero & with so many compromised characters it is surprising it’s even in colour rather than a bleak b&w fading into endless grey gray grey gray.

No compromises needed for Cymbeline.

Everyone we’ve talked who saw the mighty C has been knocked out, too. Long may the eagle soar. Long may Tom McCamus see the light (eventually) & may Mike Shara look back on 2o12 as the year of the trifecta: Gatsby Cymbeline & Matchmaker.

Cymbeline to be extended to October 6

 

August 28, 2012… The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is extending the run of its critically acclaimed production of Cymbeline, directed by Antoni Cimolino, General Director and Artistic Director designate.

 

Because of exceptional demand, the following performances have been added to the schedule:

  • Wednesday, October 3, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6, at 8 p.m.

 

“I welcomed the opportunity to direct Cymbeline because it is a play that resonates with me personally,” says Mr. Cimolino. “It has been most gratifying to see how it has touched the hearts of our audiences. Though fashioned as a magical fairy tale, it nonetheless has universal appeal with its themes of loss, reconciliation and forgiveness.”

 

Cymbeline has something for everyone: suspense, humour, fantasy and lively action, all couched in some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language,” says Artistic DirectorDes McAnuff. “I am delighted that Antoni’s thrilling production has caught the imagination of audiences and hope that it will help bring this wonderful play to broader attention.”

 

Cymbeline features Graham Abbey as Posthumus, Tom McCamus as Iachimo, Cara Ricketts as Innogen and Geraint Wyn Davies as King Cymbeline, with Nigel Bennett as Caius Lucius, Ian Lake as Arviragus, Yanna McIntosh as the Queen, Mike Shara as Cloten, E.B Smith as Guiderius, Brian Tree as Pisanio and John Vickery as Belarius.

 

Production support for Cymbeline is generously provided by Barbara and John Schubert and Diana Tremain.

 

Tickets for are available through the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or online at www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com.

 

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 season runs until October 28, featuring Much Ado About Nothing; 42nd Street, The Matchmaker; Henry V; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Pirates of Penzance; Cymbeline; Wanderlust; ElektraThe Best Brothers; and Hirsch.

A Word or TwoThe War of 1812 and MacHomer have concluded their runs.

Now for Corrie & its new half-hour deal. Seriously, fellow Corrie fans is there anyone you can cheer for in Weatherfield without fear they will eventually betray your hopes over a pint or twain? Maybe that’s its secret . . . characters you can cheer against most of the time & some you can hope for against the run of plot lines past, present & future.

Here’s the Corrie schedule news via CBC-TV:

THE DRAMA OF CORONATION STREET CONTINUES THIS SEPTEMBER ON CBC

Starting September 3, Coronation Street returns to one episode per day

 

Friday, August 31 –  After last season’s doubled-up episodes of CORONATIONSTREET, Canada’s millions of  Corrie Street fans can consider themselves almost caught up to those across the pond on what’s going on in their favourite old-country soap.

 

Beginning September 3rd, Coronation Street will return to one ½ hour episode a day at 6:30 p.m. ET (7 p.m. NT), and 7 p.m. Windsor.  Then starting September 17th,CORRIE will be moving to a new timeslot 7:30 p.m. ET (8 p.m. NT).

 

Stay tuned for more exciting CORONATION STREET news coming next week….

 

The iconic show will be entering its 52nd season and is the world’s longest running soap. Distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, it’s shown in over 160 countries across the globe, including Australia, the Middle East, China and Africa.

 

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3 comments

  1. SusanR says:

    I don’t know if you will agree, but Steve McDonald has been on the show since he was 15 and is now starting to look like Jack Duckworth!

    Once Vera Duckworth and Ivey Tilsley sang a song from Easter Parade in The Rovers Return, but no one has ever performed or quoted from Cymbeline in the pub (at least not knowingly).

  2. April says:

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  3. james.reaney says:

    Jack Duckworth, eh? Well, it’s possible . . . Steve would need some extra clunky frames held together at the nose with tape to be truly Jackworthy. We’ll see.
    As for Cymbeline, if Shakespeare had shown up on Corrie with his/her script in hand, the writers would have sensibly said . . . some good stuff here, Iachimo has real promise, but David Platt is the prize sneak around here & as for Cloten, we like him, so why kill him off so quick. Plus the Eagle is the name of a competing pub so why not shop your syllables down there?

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