The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1044 Monday, 15 May 2000.
Date: Sunday, 14 May 2000 14:33:36 +0000
Subject: 11.1007 Re: Cymbeline
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1007 Re: Cymbeline
Particularly fond memories of Royal Exchange, Manchester production in
the early 80s, with Janet McTeer. Hugh Quarshie doubled the roles of
Postumus and Cloten: a tour de force of contrasting characters, and
offering stunning theatricality in the decapitation scene. Judi Dench
has said that the part of Imogen is to her unplayable because of the
outrageous implausibility of the plot here: this was an equally
outrageous solution to Imogen's drastic mistake in corpse-identification
and explained a lot about Imogen's desperate flight into Wales, and
cavelife thereafter. Huge fun.