The Winter’s Tale
By William Shakespeare
"A sad tale's best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins. Mamillius, The Winter's Tale"
Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale is a story of jealousy, rage, love, hope and redemption in the vividly contrasting lands of Sicily and Bochemia.
Leontes, King of Sicily, suspects his pregnant wife of infidelity with his boyhood friend Polixenes, ruler of Bohemia. Threatened with impending assassination, Polixenes flees for home, while the innocent Hermione is imprisoned to await charges of treason against her husband, and her newborn child is banished.
Leaving Sicily behind, the play moves forward in time and relocates to Bohemia, a place of youth, love and laughter, and where a youthful prince has eyes only for a mysterious young shepherdess. As courtship, circumstance and coincidence collide, Shakespeare’s Tale is brought full circle and each of his characters finds their own destiny and resolution.
Part cosmic fable, part family drama, The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s later works, and an excellent example of the playwright’s maturity as a storyteller and dramatic innovator.
Cast and Credits
The cast of The Winter's Tale
Hermione - Selina Boyack
Leontes - Liam Brennan
Antigonus - Alan Francis
Polixenes - Ian Grieve
Dion - Ian Hanmore
Lord - Peter Kelly
Lord - Robin Laing
Paulina - Una Mclean
Officer - Simon Muller
Emilia - Shonagh Price
Mamillius - Siobhan Reilly
Cleomenes - Antony Strachan
Camillo - Colin Tarrant
The creative team of The Winter's Tale
Director - Mark Thomson
Designer - Robin Don
Lighting Designer - David Cunningham
Sound Designer / Composer - Philip Pinsky
Choreographer - Malcolm Shields
Assistant Director - Steve Mann