As with Cymbeline, there is a musical and dancing extravaganza, this time at the Bohemian sheep-shearing. I wonder if Shakespeare was under some semi-contractual obligation to include a spectacular musical scene? It depends a bit on the humorous character Autolycus, who dominates the relatively few scenes he is in.
And as for the ending, I'm totally convinced that Paulina has faked Hermione's death and the statue story is a cover the two of them have cooked up. I know that is not the usual interpretation, but it seems to me crystal clear from the script.
I was lucky enough to see the Sam Mendes / Simon Russell Beale production of this in Brooklyn earlier this year. The Arkangel audio version is inevitably only a partial substitute for the real thing. It also doesn't quite gel as some of the later productions do - sorry to bang on about accents again, but it seems off to have two Irish actors (Ciaran Hinds and Sinead Cusack) playing the king and queen of Sicilia, but sounding English - and yet to make the Bohemian peasants come from Mummerset. The standout performance, oddly, is the very very brief appearance of John Gielgud as Time.
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