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August 10, 2004
The aides of prince Cloten (Hannah Wolfe and Tiffany Clementi) discuss the recent goings on at the court of King Cymbeline. The recent marriage of princess Imogen with the poor but noble Posthumous.
Imogen (Laura Malone) and Posthumous (John Trigonis) share a quiet moment away from the prying eyes of the king and queen.
The evil queen (Tammy Dalton-Brown) tries to comfort King Cymbeline (Tim Baird) after his daughter disobeys him.
The idiotic prince Cloten (Cedric Hill) questions his attendant (Hannah Wolfe) after loosing a duel with Posthumous.
Pisanio (Chance Parker), Posthumous' old servant and now Imogen's (Laura Malone), tries to comfort her after his departure.
Banished to Rome, Posthumous (John Trigonis) arrives at the home of his friend Philario and is greeted by Philario's guest, the slimey con man Iachimo (Freeman Borden). Seeing a chance to snag Posthumous' expensive ring, Iachimo offers Posthumous a strange wager. He will bed his virtuous wife and win the ring. Posthumous, confident in Imogen agrees to the silly bet.
Trying to get rid of the vestige of Posthumous, the queen (Tammy Dalton-Brown) obtains poisons from the court doctor and gives them to Pisanio (Chance Parker). Unknown to the queen, the doctor has given her sleeping potions instead fearing what she would do with actual poisons.
Upon his arrival in Britain, Iachimo (Freeman Borden) tries his usual tricks to get Imogen (Laura Malone) into bed, but fails miserably.
Instead he gets her trust and convinces her to take into her private room a trunk that Posthumous has a supposed interest in.
Iachimo uses the trunk to sneak into Imogen's room to get some personal information to win the bet. He steals a bracelet given to her by Posthumous.
Iachimo returns to Rome with his "proof" to a stunned Posthumous (John Trigonis) and Philario (L. Robert Johnson).
The Roman ambassador Lucius (L. Robert Johnson) arrives in Britain to collect a tribute that Cymbeline owes to the emperor of Rome. Cymbeline (Tim Baird) along with his "advisors" refuses to pay and Lucius is forced to declare war.
In the Welsh forest of Milford Haven, Belarius (Clark Williams), a wrongfully banished lord of Cymbeline's court has raised the king's lost children as his own. Years before he kidnapped the infants in revenge for his banishment but now raises Guiderius (Tiffany Clementi, pictured above) and Arviragus as his own.
A distraught Pisanio (Chance Parker) receives a letter from Posthumous ordering her to kill Imogen for the supposed infidelity with Iachimo. Pisanio later decides to tell Imogen and helps her to escape from the court disguised as a boy.
The king (Tim Baird) distraught at his daughter's estrangement and the impending invasion is comforted by the queen (Tammy Dalton-Brown) who is biding her time until she can put Cloten on the throne.
Belarius and his "daughters" meet a disguised Imogen.
The siblings quickly take to one another without knowing the other's true identity.
Arviragus (Hannah Wolfe) speaks with Belarius about their hunting while Guiderius (Tiffany Clementi) comforts an ailing Imogen. Later on, Imogen is thought dead after taking the queen's potion and Guiderius kills Cloten who has pursued Imogen to Milford Haven.
Triumphant over the invading Roman forces with a little help from his long lost children, Cymbeline makes peace with the Romans and the true relations and plots are wound up in the play's final wrap up scene. Above, the Roman Soothsayer (Tammy Dalton-Brown) interprets a tablet left for Posthumous during a supernatural intervention that blesses his marriage and confers good fortune on King Cymbeline.
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