Spiritual Journeys: Cymbeline
The rehearsals for Cymbeline indeed provided opportunities for analysis, as Peter Hall's means of interpretation were suitable for examining the sight (or the design) and the sound (or the spoken verses) of the play. Several challenges arose in determining the design for this play as Shakespeare derives from different stories, which have relied on Holinshed's and Boccaccio's writings, his ideas for his plots – how Innogen's chastity was at stake, the war between Rome and Britain, and the narrative of the stolen princes. For Cymbeline, Shakespeare synthesizes Boccaccio's medieval-to-Renaissance tone with an atmosphere that resembles that of Rome and Britain. This chapter looks into how Peter Hall, along with Alison Chitty, thought much about the kinds of images they would use to best express such a world to a modern audience.
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