Cymbeline in the Berkshires

{Through August 6} Shakespeare & Company brings Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s tale of love and passion, to the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company presents Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, directed by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. Produced for the first time on the company’s Mainstage, this tale of passion and intrigue runs in the Tina Packer Playhouse through August 6. The production marks a milestone for Packer, who has now directed all 37 plays in the Shakespeare canon.

Packer says that Cymbeline “echoes pieces from every other play,” and was glad to know the others before beginning production. “When you work on Shakespeare’s plays as a director, you get to see the underpinnings of his thinking,” she says. “By finishing the canon, I feel that I have all the plays mapped out now, and it allows me to look at the whole of his work—I can follow the development of his thought patterns.”

Cymbeline is a tale of redemption, according to Packer. “It has a lot of comedy in it because you can’t really have redemption unless you laugh a lot.” she says. “But the play also has a lot of tragedy in it, passion and anger. It’s based very loosely in historical truth, very loosely, so it is a history play too; in all, a comedy, a tragedy and a history—it’s all those things.”

Previews of Cymbeline continue through July 7. Opening night is scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at 7:30PM.

Shakespeare & Company: Cymbeline
Tina Packer Playhouse
70 Kemble Street, Lenox, Massachusetts
Through Sunday, August 6
Tickets available online
Top image: Nigel Gore, Bella Merlin, Thomas Brazzle, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Josh Aaron McCabe, and Tamara Hickey rehearsing, photo by Olivia Winslow, courtesy of Shakespeare & Company


Janet ReynoldsCymbeline in the Berkshires