3 out of 5 stars
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Avanti Theatre Company revives Shakespeare's anarchic, supernatural and rarely-staged play.


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The Tabard Theatre is establishing itself as a “must go to” venue, with yet another hit. Cymbeline is a pacey production that delights, being wittily set in a fantasical era of the cool 70s, a deceptively clever device illuminating the themes of the play. The chasm between good and evil, young and old, court and country, all conveyed through the cool and not cool. Cymbeline is played in safe and experienced hands by Ian Barritt. The scheming queen could give a WAG a run for her money in the ultimate quest to proceed up the slippery pole of advancement by a calculated career marriage. A strong and touching performance by Rhys Jennings as Belariuns. But the night belongs to Spike Laurie, as the Queen’s gloriously spoilt son Cloten, a petulant cocaine monkey with a gambling habit, who aspires to procuring the throne for himself via an improbable marriage with the King’s daughter Imogen. Doubly cast as Posthumus, a sincere and saintly sole, banished for his marriage with Imogen, definitely Cloten’s alter ego. Having the same actor play both parts is Shakespearean complexity made obvious by its simplicity, and Laurie makes a superb job of it. The set if only available at Habitat could have revived the fortunes of the failing homewares store, it’s 70s cool, and then some.