Shakespeare in the Park: Full casting for Cymbeline

The Public Theater has announced complete casting for its upcoming 2015 Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline.

Joining previously announced cast members Tony nominee Lily Rabe (Imogen) and Obie Award winner Hamish Linklater (Leonatus/Cloten), will be Teagle F. Bougere (Caius Lucius/Cornelius), Kate Burton (Queen/Belarius), Raul Esparza (Iachimo), David Furr (Guidarius/First Lord), Jacob Ming-Trent (Aviragus/First Gentleman), Patrick Page (Cymbeline), and Steven Skybell (Pisanio/Gaoler/Frenchman).

Cymbeline, directed by Daniel Sullivan, begins previews on 23 July 2015, with an official opening on 10 August, and a limited run through to 23 August 2015.

Synopsis: "Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love."

The creative team for Cymbeline features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by David Zinn, lighting by David Lander, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, original music by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Mimi Lieber.

The Public Theater continues a 53-year tradition of free theatre in Central Park's Delacorte Theater. The season opens with The Tempest, directed by Michael Greif, which begins previews on 27 May 2015, with an official opening on 16 June, and a limited run through to 5 July 2015.

Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make theatre accessible to all, The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company’s mission to increase access and engage the community.

Tickets to The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show.

- by Tom Millward