Friday 1st March – Sunday 3rd March (5 performances) 2019, The Merchant Taylors’ Hall.

Cymbeline is a wild tale of heroic princesses, jealous men, stolen infants, and scheming Queens. This is one of Shakespeare’s greatest but most under-performed plays, featuring riveting scenes filled with exquisite verse.

For the first time in its history, the YSP presented an ‘original practices’ production in Renaissance dress, in a limited engagement 1-3 March at one of York’s hidden gems, the medieval Merchant Taylors’ Hall. Due to high demand, a fifth performance was added on the Sunday night. All 5 shows were completely sold out, with the final performance being attended by the Lord Mayor and Civic Party, just as touring companies would have had in Shakespeare’s day.

Missed the show? Click here to read the programme, and click here to read a review by Charles Hutchinson in the York Press.

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Cymbeline/Jupiter – Elizabeth Elsworth
Queen/Belarius – Rosy Rowley
Imogen – Bronte Jane Hobson
Cloten/Soldier/British Captain/Jailor – Carrie Morrison
Posthumus – Emma Scott
Pisanio – Diana Wyatt
Lady/Frenchman/Roman Captain/British Captain – Daniel Thrace
Philario/Lucius – Mic Errington
Iachimo – Jim Paterson
Guiderius/Lord 1/Spaniard – Thomas Leadbeater
Arviragus/Lord 2/Dutchman – Sonia Di Lorenzo
Musician 1/Cornelius/Posthumus’ Father – Steve Griffiths
Musician 2/Lady/Posthumus’ Mother – Karen Frodsham
Musician 3/Lady/Posthumus’ 2nd Brother –Tracey Rea
Musician 4/Soothsayer/Posthumus’ 1st Brother – Beverley Foster

Director: Ben Prusiner
Stage Manager: Annemarie Chave
Costume Designer: Cat Hudspeth
Costume Assistants: Nikita Lund, Joanna Rowling
Fight Director: Neil Tattersall
Fight Captain: Thomas Leadbeater
Movement Director: Edenamiuki Aiguobasinmwin
Set Designer: Roxy Spence
Music Director/Composer: Richard Morris
Music Coach: Grace Baird
Assistant Director/Verse Coach: Terry Ram
Dramaturge: Erin Shannon

Photos by John Saunders and Phil Neath