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Costume worn by David Horovith
Director: Dominic Cooke
Designer: Rae Smith.
Cymbeline is often described as a complex play with many layers. Critics praised the clarity of this production. The costume design in particular was a visual reminder of the two opposing sides (England and Italy).
The Italians wore chic and stylish white suits and sunglasses. The costumes of the Britons were more rustic in style, decorated with fur and feathers. The England which the characters inhabit worships the winged Jupiter as God. As a result there are many bird metaphors in the plot. The Britons wear feathers as an act of reverence to their God.
This costume was worn towards the end of the play. After war with Italy, peace is declared. Cymbeline wears the feathers of his native country but his clothes are also smart and white like those of the Italians.
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