The Winter’s Tale

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Tue 14 March 2017
Sat 18 March 2017
£27 - £12 & discounts
Mercury Main Theatre

One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.

The Winter’s Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. But this is the new Shakespeare, after he completed his great tragedies, and the tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion…

Free pre-show talk also available on Thu 16 March – click here for more details or to book.

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg; Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid (INAEM).



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Grace Andrews

Emilia / Time

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Joseph Black


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David Carr


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Tom Cawte


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Ryan Donaldson


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Orlando James


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Sam McArdle

Young Shepherd

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Eleanor McLoughlin


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Peter Moreton

Old Shepherd / Antigonus

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Natalie Radmall-Quirke

Hermione / Dorcas

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Joy Richardson

Paulina / Mopsa

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Edward Sayer


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Sam Woolf



The production is highly polished and the cast are excellent.


I was captivated from start to finish.

Bath Chronicle


An expertly unflinching exploration of Shakespeare’s most bizarre play

Daily Info


All the vast richness of the world dreamed up by Shakespeare shines with blinding splendour in this Winter’s Tale

El Pais


It would be hard to find superlatives adequate to do justice to this production and its uniformly excellent cast.

Cambridge News

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