Education Resources

Cymbeline

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's Cymbeline

  • Barbican Theatre

    London

    Until 17 Dec 2016

  • In Cinemas

  • Running time:

    3 hrs + 20 mins interval

Cymbeline tells the story of a divided Britain in which its ruler, Cymbeline, banishes his daughter for marrying in secret while others plot to murder him and his daughter.

Cymbeline is a great play for looking at alongside other tragic stories of leaders and their families, such as King Lear or Hamlet, and addresses lots of themes you can use as routes into the text including:

  • Leadership
  • Betrayal and Trust
  • Family

There are so many different ways of exploring the text at all levels.You may find the following particularly useful in introducing the text: