The Verdict: Critics Review Shakespeare in the Park's Cymbeline With Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Shakespeare in the Park's Cymbeline With Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe
 
The Shakespeare in the Park staging of Cymbeline, starring Patrick Page, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe and multi-Tony nominee Raúl Esparza, opened Aug. 10 following previews that began July 23 on Central Park's Delacorte stage. The show is set to play through Aug. 23.
Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe in <i>Cymbeline</i>
Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe in Cymbeline Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Cymbeline also features Teagle F. Bougere as Caius Lucius, Cornelius; Kate Burton as Queen, Belarius; David Furr as Guidarius, First Lord; Jacob Ming-Trent as Aviragus, First Gentleman; and Steven Skybell as Pisanio, Gaoler, Frenchman. Linklater and Rabe both return following last year's Shakespeare in the Park staging of Much Ado About Nothing. 

Critics are filing their reviews. Playbill.com will update this list as they are made available:

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

NBC New York

Newsday

The New York Daily News

The New York Post

The New York Times

USA Today

Variety

The Wall Street Journal

The production is helmed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Merchant of Venice, Proof, Rabbit Hole), who also returns to the Delacorte following last summer's production of King Lear

Cymbeline is a Shakespearean fairy tale featuring cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights. Princess Imogen's fidelity is put to the test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate.

Scenic design is by Riccardo Hernandez with costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, original music by Tom Kitt and choreography by Mimi Lieber.

The Public continues its 53-year tradition of offering free theatre in Central Park. Tickets are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. The Public Theater again offers free tickets through a Virtual Ticketing lottery on the day of the show at shakespeareinthepark.org.

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st St. and Central Park West or at 79th St. and Fifth Ave.

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