Pericles/Cymbeline

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Double-bill of two lesser-known (and supernaturally engaged) Shakespeare plays, paired by Pistachio Choice and performed by a cast of just four in an attempt to expose their qualities. The National's Drew Mulligan directs the tragic, globe-hopping romance 'Pericles' in the round, while Antonio Ferrara tackles anarchic problem play 'Cymbeline'.

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My student son and I had a superb evening at the last night of "Pericles". The cast were just brilliant, spinning between four or five different characters/accents/physiques each and completely convincing us every time. The venue was excellent - we were so close that we felt part of the action. Lighting, staging, sound, everything - all brilliant. One ordinary sheet of polythene became a storm at sea. As for the contest of suitors for the hand of Thaisa - the whole audience felt as we did and we all burst into applause. You were all wonderful; congratulations! And the Drayton Arms provided us with an excellent supper in convivial surroundings. My son, living in London, is keen to see 'Cymbeline'. If I can manage another trip into London, I will come too. Good luck to you all.