Shakespeare at Winedale

Spring Class Performance of Cymbeline

Sat, April 29, 2017 | Winedale Theatre Barn

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


The Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class performs Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, at the Winedale Theatre Barn on Saturday, April 29 at 7PM. This performance is the culmination of a semester of coursework focusing on the plot devices and character types that Shakespeare uses throughout his canon. Tickets are $10; $5 for UT ID-holders and students. Tickets are available on the Shakespeare at Winedale website or by calling (512) 471-4726.


CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare

Saturday, April 29 – Performance at Winedale Theatre Barn

How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature! - III.iii 

In this epic fairy tale set amidst the legends of ancient Britain, Princess Imogen secretly marries her true love Posthumus, violating the command of her father, King Cymbeline. When Posthumus flees in order to save his life, the lovers’ faith is tested by villains at home and abroad. With the Roman army threatening their home, Cymbeline must fight for his kingdom as his daughter fights for her husband. Will love conquer all or will jealousy’s traps ensnare the star-crossed couple?

As one of Shakespeare’s later romances, Cymbeline represents a culmination of all Shakespeare’s experiments with genre, tone and story.  Elements from most of his earlier plays recur in what is effectively a greatest-hits compilation of highlights from Shakespeare’s whole career.   Passionate young lovers, conniving villains, lost children, escapes to the forest, and stunning revelations all enliven this tragicomic tale, which features one of Shakespeare’s greatest final scenes.

Shakespeare at Winedale is a program within the University of Texas English Department that invites students from all disciplines to learn about Shakespeare through the experience of performing his works. Since 1970, hundreds of students have performed Shakespeare’s immortal words in the Winedale Theatre Barn, using textual interpretation, creativity, and passion to bring the plays to life. The students of the Spring Class come together to explore several plays throughout the UT spring semester. The course includes three weekends at the Winedale Historical Center, where students immerse themselves in the study of Shakespeare surrounded by the beauty of the Texas countryside. Their coursework culminates in a final presentation of their studies: two performances in the Winedale Theatre Barn.

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