CYMBELINE – an epic Bollywood re-imagining of Shakespeare’s romantic and magical play‏

CYMBELINE - an epic Bollywood re-imagining of Shakespeare

The countdown to one of UK’s leading British Asian performing arts companies, tenth anniversary kicks off with themes of love, fidelity and deception in William Shakespeare’s enchanting and thrilling play, Cymbeline. Phizzical embarks on a major national tour in September of a tale centuries old but one that continues to resonate with modern day audiences.

Set in Bombay, India in 1993, against the backdrop of the Bollywood film industry, Cymbeline features one of Shakespeare’s most tender and charming heroines, Innogen. When her father, the movie mogul King Cymbeline banishes her poor but worthy husband, she swaps her sari for breeches and sets off into the slums of Bombay disguised as a boy. Her adventurous journey in search for her husband is filled with colourful characters, a wicked step mother, sword fights and sleeping potions: all elements of an extraordinary tale of love lost and found.

Directed by Samir Bhamra with voice and text by Nia Lynn (Royal Shakespeare Company), Cymbeline is infused with Bollywood and original music by composer Ajay Srivastava (of Botown fame) and features one of Shakespeare’s most haunting songs that will be performed live by the company.

"Cymbeline has all the ingredients that make an epic Bollywood fairy-tale: romance, comedy, tragedy and magic. It excites me to bring to life a delightful parody that fuses some of the greatest hits of Shakespeare. Cymbeline conjures up every human experience in an enchanting tale of forgiveness and renewal…" Samir Bhamra, Director, Cymbeline

Cymbeline’s creative team includes movement by acclaimed international choreographer, Sonia Sabri, set design by Kate Unwin, costume design by Almari, lighting design by Arnim Friess, fight choreography by martial arts champion Chirag Lukha and make-up design by Phlik.

Cymbeline will include over 50 performances at 22 venues across the UK featuring a diverse ensemble of six talented international actors playing 18 characters. Bollywood fans and audiences of great epic stage productions can expect one of the most breath taking stories told in a vibrant and colourful style as music, costumes and dance make Cymbeline a fantastic theatrical experience.

2013 Tour Details

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, CV1 1GS
14 – 21 September
Box Office: 024 7655 3055

Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX
Tuesday 24 September
Box Office: 01684 295074

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, SL6 4PF
Wednesday 25 September
Box Office: 01628 788997

Queens Hall, Hexham, NE46 3LS
Saturday 28 September
Box Office: 01434 652477

Tacchi Morris, Taunton, TA2 8PD
Wednesday 2 October
Box Office: 01823 414141

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
4 – 5 October
Box Office: 0115 846 7777

Vivacity Key Theatre, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
7 – 8 October
Box Office: 01733 207 239

Chipping Norton Theatre, OX7 5NL
9 – 11 October
Box Office: 01608 642 350

the egg, Theatre Royal Bath, BA1 1ET
15 -16 October
Box Office: 01225 823 409

Ffwrnes, Llannelli, SA15 3YE
18 – 19 October
Box Office: 0845 226 3510

Alwnick Playhouse, Alwnick, NE66 1PQ
Tuesday 22 October
Box Office: 01665 510 785

The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1AJ
Wednesday 23 October
Box Office: 01289 330 999

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, LA9 4HE
Thursday 24 October
Box Office: 01539 725 133

Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, HR4 9JR
Saturday 26 October
Box Office: 01432 340 555

Baby Grand Studio at Grand Opera House, Belfast, BT2 7HR
29 October – 2 November
Box Office: 028 9024 1919

Derry Playhouse, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
Wednesday 6 November
Box Office: 02871 268 027

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, BT78 1BL
Saturday 9 November
Box Office: 028 8224 7831

Theatre Royal, Margate, CT9 1PW
Tuesday 12 November
Box Office: 01843 292 795/ 01843 296 111

Curve, Leicester, LE1 1SB
14 – 16 November
Box Office: 0116 242 3595

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, OX4 1RE
Saturday 23 November
Box Office: 01865 812 150

Tara Arts, London, SW18 4ES
26 – 30 November
Box Office: 020 8333 4457

Bedford Theatre, Bedford, MK40 2TU
Thursday 5 December
Box Office: 01234 718112

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Samir Bhamra

Voice and Text by Nia Lynn

Choreographed by Sonia Sabri

Designed by Kate Unwin

Composed by Ajay Srivastava

Lighting by Arnim Friess

Cast: Nicholas Gauci, Tony Hasnath (BBC Doctors), Liz Jadav, Robby Khela (ITV The Bill), Sophie Khan Levy, Adam Youssefbeygi

Region: All
Venue: Belgrade Theatre
Venue Address: Belgrade Square, Coventry
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Hardish Virk