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Please see the bottom of each scene for explanatory notes.

  • Dramatis Personae.
  • Act 1
    • Scene 1. Britain. The garden of Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 2. The same. A public place.
    • Scene 3. A room in Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 4. Rome. Philario's house.
    • Scene 5. Britain. A room in Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 6. The same. Another room in the palace.
  • Act 2
    • Scene 1. Britain. Before Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 2. Imogen's bedchamber in Cymbeline's palace:
    • Scene 3. An ante-chamber adjoining Imogen's apartments.
    • Scene 4. Rome. Philario's house.
    • Scene 5. Another room in Philario's house.
  • Act 3
    • Scene 1. Britain. A hall in Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 2. Another room in the palace.
    • Scene 3. Wales: a mountainous country with a cave.
    • Scene 4. Country near Milford-Haven.
    • Scene 5. A room in Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 6. Wales. Before the cave of Belarius.
    • Scene 7. Rome. A public place.
  • Act 4
    • Scene 1. Wales: near the cave of Belarius.
    • Scene 2. Before the cave of Belarius.
    • Scene 3. A room in Cymbeline's palace.
    • Scene 4. Wales: before the cave of Belarius.
  • Act 5

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Notes on Shakespeare...

The famous Victorian era poet Algernon Charles Swinburne declared Cymbeline to be "the play of plays." "Here," he writes, "is depth enough with height enough of tragic beauty and passion, terror and love and pity, to approve the presence of the most tragic Master's hand... and subtlety enough of sweet and bitter truth to attest the passage of the mightiest and wisest scholar or teacher in the school of human spirit." (A Study of Shakespeare)

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