This is the first full-scale edition of Cymbeline for 37 years.
During that time, there has been considerable interest in
Shakespeare's late work in the theatre, and several notable
productions have demonstrated the powerful impact of Cymbeline.
Based firmly on Roger Warren's extensive experience of the play in
rehearsal and performance, this edition shows how Shakespeare draws
upon a wide range of sources to create a self-sufficient dramatic
universe, combining virtuoso theatrical and poetic means to present
a story of a marriage imperilled by mistrust and painfully rebuilt
through the physical and spiritual journeys undertaken by the
heroine and hero, set in a context of international conflict. A
full and detailed commentary pays close attention to the play's
complex, evocative language.