(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/4.)

Though bombs are falling on South Sudan after a border dispute flared up last month, this Cymbeline was conceived in joy, six months prior to its declaration of independence last July. It starts with not one, but two celebratory dances, and ends with the actors grabbing every groundling hand they can reach. The world's youngest nation seems delighted to be here and, played with this much heart, even Shakespeare's most rambling romance becomes irresistible.


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