This was my first visit to the Globe and I was really looking forward to it. "Cymbeline" is one of my favourite plays, but it needs careful handling - in my opinion this Kabuki-style production treated it with all the finesse of an amateur pantomime. What on earth were Jane Arnfield's semaphoric arm gestures in aid of? Why was Cloten played as an elderly colonel of the British Raj? As for those members of the audience who actually listened to the play instead of wandering in and out of the standing area or staring at other people - what is one to make of people who laugh uproariously at some of Shakespeare's loveliest words, snigger because they don't understand the convention of "invisible" actors handing props... I could go on but I won't. A ghastly experience. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
13 Sep 01
We did read a plot synopsis to help understand the contortions of the plot and the casting considering the lack of help from the costume (all in ecru pyjamas). This helped enormously as it freed the mind to enjoy the brilliantly intelligent acting. The ridiculous denouement was presently lightly tongue in cheek. WS would have approved. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
10 Sep 01
Fantastic effort from all the performers, very funny at times, the best Shakespeare I have seen. The Globe was superb as well (the virtual tour on the website is brilliant but doesnt do it justice) - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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