Cerveris, Cullum, Rashad, Plimpton and Cake Set for Broadway's Cymbeline

News   Cerveris, Cullum, Rashad, Plimpton and Cake Set for Broadway's Cymbeline Casting has been announced for Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, which will begin previews Nov. 1 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre with an official opening scheduled for Dec. 2.

Michael Cerveris
Michael Cerveris Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Directed by Mark Lamos, the cast of 26 will feature Jonathan Cake (Medea opposite Fiona Shaw), Michael Cerveris (Tony Award for Assassins), John Cullum (Tony Awards for Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century), Martha Plimpton (Tony nomination for The Coast of Utopia) and Phylicia Rashad (Tony Award for A Raisin in the Sun). Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Cymbeline, according to press notes, "combines comedy, tragedy and history into an epic tale of power and magic - its action sweeping across Britain and Italy, as two warring powers clash until its eventual joyful conclusion. The characters [include] a Lear-like monarch (John Cullum), a wicked queen (Phylicia Rashad), an Iago-like villain (Jonathan Cake), a deceived husband (Michael Cerveris), and a heroine, the king's daughter Imogen, Shakespeare’s last great female role (Martha Plimpton)."

The design team will comprise Michael Yeargan (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Tony Smolenski IV and Walter Trarbach (sound). Original music will be penned by Mel Marvin.

Lincoln Center Theater's 2007-2008 season will also include a new production of South Pacific. Bartlett Sher will direct the latter, which is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 28, 2008.

Cymbeline will play Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets, priced $65-$90, will go on sale Sept. 9 by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.lct.org.

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