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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Cymbeline, Act I, Scene II, colour stipple engraving (1795) by Thomas Burke after a painting by William Hamilton

Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare's last and most extraordinary plays. It weaves together parted lovers, lost children, a wicked stepmother, feigned death, decapitation, cross-dressing, identity confusion, Jupiter on an eagle, ghosts, a wager on a wife's chastity, Britons gallantly throwing off Roman rule – and still remains coherent. This course disentangles the different threads, explores the themes, language and characterisation, and celebrates the final reconciliations.


Course dates

13 Nov 2015 to 15 Nov 2015

Course duration

1 weekend(s)

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Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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