Casting Complete for Lincoln Center's Cymbeline; Pankow Joins Company

News   Casting Complete for Lincoln Center's Cymbeline; Pankow Joins Company
Complete 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.

John Pankow has joined the cast of Cymbeline.
John Pankow has joined the cast of Cymbeline.

Directed by Mark Lamos, the cast of 26 will feature the previously announced 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).

Newcomers to the cast include Twelve Angry Men's John Pankow as well as Jeff Bender, Daniel Breaker, Anthony Cochrane, Noshir Dalal, Adam Dannheisser, Jordan Dean, Herb Foster, David Furr, Adam Greer, Michael Howell, Ezra Knight, LeRoy McClain, Paul O’Brien, Daniel Oreskes, Gordana Rashovich, Nancy Rodriguez, Michael Rossmy, Richard Topol, Gregory Wooddell and Jeff Woodman.

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), his loyal servant (John Pankow) 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, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting

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