The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Winter’s Tale

The Winter's Tale
by William Shakespeare
directed by Max Webster

“Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance.”

The Lyceum returns to the Shakespearian canon with acclaimed director Max Webster (King Lear with Michael Pennington; Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe) presenting a uniquely Scottish take on this bitter-sweet masterpiece.

When King Leontes suspects his wife Hermione of adultery his jealousy tears the kingdom apart. The queen is banished and believed dead, while their daughter Perdita is abandoned among simple shepherd folk. Passionate tragedy interweaves with pastoral comedy, leading to one of Shakespeare’s most magical and moving denouements.

The cast includes Lyceum favourites Maureen Beattie (The Cherry Orchard) and Jimmy Chisolm (Thon Man Molière); and John Michie (Taggart, seen recently in Grain in the Blood at the Traverse Theatre).

This late, great play is performed by a talented company of actor musicians in a vibrant and lyrical production.

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Cast and Credits

Paulina Maureen Beattie 
Autolycus Jimmy Chisholm 
Polixenes Andy Clark 
Mopsa / Emilia / Musician  Annie Grace 
Hermoine Frances Grey 
Camilla Janet Kumah 
Florizel Scott Mackie 
Actor Musician Aly Macrae 
Leontes John Michie 
Clown / Ensemble / Musician Brian James O’Sullivan 
Antigonus / Old Shepherd John Stahl 
Perdita / Singer Fiona Wood
Young Company David Carnie, Will Robertson

Director Max Webster 
Composer Alasdair Macrae
Designer Fly Davis
Lighting Designer Lee Curran
Sound Design Gregory Clarke
Choreographer Emma-Jayne Park
Casting Director Laura Donnelly
Assistant Director Jack Nurse

Scots translation of selected scenes by James Robertson, 2017.


Dates, Times & Prices

10 February - 4 March 2017

PREVIEWS, 7:30pm
10, 11 & 13 February
£10 Preview tickets on sale now.

Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes (Including one 20 minute interval)

For Access Performances see below.


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £15.50 - £30.50

Wednesdays and Saturdays: £13.50 - £26

Not available on Premium Seats, from £10

Unreserved seating all tickets £10. On sale 9 January 2017.

All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016.



  • Thursday 23 February - 7.30pm
    Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 25 February - 2pm
    Touch Tour - 12.45pm

Wednesday 22 February - 7.30pm

Saturday 25 February - 2pm


Take Part

Tuesday 21 February 2017
FREE no ticket required
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

Monday 13 February 2017 5.30pm
£10 (£5 for students)
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to meet with Fly Davis who is the designer for The Winter's Tale
It is a chance to get insights into the staging of the show and ask questions.
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Saturday 25 February 2017 10.30am
£10 (£5 for students)
Experience The Winter's Tale with one of our Drama Artists and explore key scenes and acting styles from the Shakespeare classic. This workshop will offer a great insight into the show and a great opportunity to learn new skills.
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Wednesday 22 February 2017 (straight after matinee performance)
This group is for anyone who likes the idea of a book group, but has always wanted one for plays! Rather than reading the book, you come and see the show and then have the chance to talk about it with some of your fellow audience members. The discussion will be chaired by one of The Lyceum’s Creative Learning team who’ll be able to shed light on how the production came together.
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Press Coverage

Please note some publications make use of paywalls.

'Scots-tinged Shakespeare is rich and raucous' 
The Guardian

'a bold and fascinating production'
The Scotsman

The Herald

'It’s a contemporary Scottish treat.'
Plays to See

 'a 'Winter's Tale' to die for'
Edinburgh 49

'Magnificent production'
Lothian Life

'It’s a show that’s proud of its artifice, and of its sense of innocence and wonder – and rightly so'
The Arts Desk

'Stylish, contemporary Scottish Shakespeare'
TV Bomb

'Well worth your while'
British Theatre Guide

'a battle of the sexes underscored by the bold, colourful switch from Leontes’ court politics to Perdita’s music and dance festival'
Broadway Baby

'thoroughly enjoyable winter's evening'
The Skinny


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