Cymbeline

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Cymbeline

(sĭm`bəlēn) or

Cunobelinus

(kyo͞o'nōbĭlī`nəs), d. c.A.D. 40, British king. His conquest of the Trinovantes (of Essex) reportedly made him the wealthiest and most powerful ruler in SE England. After his death his kingdom was divided between his sons Togodumnus and CaractacusCaractacus
or Caradoc
, fl. A.D. 50, British king; son of Cymbeline. After the Roman invasion of A.D. 43, he led British resistance until defeated in A.D. 50. He was captured and taken to Rome. Emperor Claudius, admiring his courage, spared his life.
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. Cymbeline gives his name, but little else, to Shakespeare's Cymbeline.
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(3.2.70-73) When Pisanio duly escorts her to Milford Haven, only to report Posthumus's command that she be killed, Imogen erupts:
Pisanio: No, madam: For so long As he could make me with this eye, or ear, Distinguish him from others, he did keep The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief, Still waving, as the fits and stirs of's mind Could best express how slow his soul sailed on, How swift his ship.
Played as a spoiled, puellile young woman with a squeaky voice, Imogen delighted the audience by jumping up and down and squirming around on the ground in response to Pisanio's description of Posthumous' departure in 1.3.
(42) Northrop Frye, A Natural Perspective (San Diego and New York, 1965), says a 'healer' or 'preserver of life' in the romances is associated with 'natural society', citing Cerimon and, in this play, Pisanio, having 'an association by proxy with the medical profession in the drug he gives to Imogen (144).
Pisanio, Imogen's faithful servant, dresses like Sherlock Holmes and rides a miniature bicycle.
The outraged husband orders his servant Pisanio to murder Imogen, but the kindly fellow allows her to escape dressed as a boy.
The most unfortunate example is in her entry for "dram." Here she cites Pisanio's speech to Imogen offering her " 'a dram of [the queen's medicine] to drive away distemper', although he has substituted a sleeping-draught for the deadly poison the queen had requested" (108).
Fisher, as Cloten; Holly Frey, as Lady Helen/First Lord; Kyle Long, as Philario/Caius Lucius/Guiderius; David Stuart Bull, as Iachimo; and Stuart Phillips, as Pisanio.
With John Cullum (Cymbeline), Martha Plimpton (Princess Imogen), Gordana Rashovich (Ghost of Posthumus' Mother), Phylicia Rashad (Queen), Adam Dannheisser (Cloten), Michael Cerveris (Posthumous),John Pankow (Pisanio), Herb Foster (Cornefius, Ghost of Posthumus' Father), Daniel Oreskes (Philario, Jupiter),Jonathon Cake (Iachimo), Ezra Knight (Caius Lucius), Michael W.
Certainly Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter's Tale show central characters rescued from tyrants or their own tyranny, and innocents resurrected from death, by an intervening deity (Diana, Jupiter, Apollo) as well as by wise counsel or medical-magical ministry (Helicanus and Cerimon in Pericles; Belarius, Pisanio, and Cornelius in Cymbeline; Camillo and Paulina in The Winter's Tale) and by the talismanic power of a chaste maid (Marina, Innogen, Perdita).
Storyteller George Morfogen Child Jacob Smith Queen Hazelle Goodman Posthumus Michael Hall Imogen Stephanie Roth Haberle Cymbeline Herb Foster Pisanio Philip Goodwin Lords Andrew McGinn, Sam Catlin, David Snider Cloten Robert Stanton Ladies Holly Natwora Wendy Rich Stenson Iachimo, Jupiter Liev Schreiber Philario Frank Raiter Frenchman Anson Mount Helen Mia Yoo Messenger Jeffrey Frace Caius Lucius Thom Sesma Belarius Randall Duk Kim Guiderius Adam Greer Arviragus Andrew Garman With: George Drance Jr., Jimmie D.
With Gwendoline Christie (Queen), Tom Hiddleston (Posthumous, Cloten), Imogen (Jodie McNee), David Collings (Cymbeline), Richard Cant (Pisanio), Guy Flanagan (Iachimo), Laurence Spellman (Caius Lucius), Jake Harders (Cornelius), Lola Peploe (Helen), Ryan Ellsworth (Belarius), John Macmillan (Guiderius), Daniel Percival (Arviragus), and others.