2 0 2 3 - T H E W I N T E R ' S T A L E
Wednesday 26th July - Saturday 29th July
7.30 p.m. (and a 2.30 p.m. Saturday matinee)
Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance
(Autolycus, Act 4 Scene 4)
The Winter's Tale
In Sicily, a sudden, irrational, fit of jealousy costs King Leontes his wife, his best friend, his young son and his new-born daughter.
Sixteen years later in Bohemia, that best friend risks losing his own son when he violently opposes his marriage to the beautiful orphan shepherdess Perdita. But an old prophecy from the Oracle at Delphos holds out hope for redemption and reconciliation . . .
Probably written near the end of Shakespeare's career in 1610-11, "The Winter's Tale" has been variously categorised as a Comedy, a Romance and a "Problem Play".
In the atmospheric setting of The Open Air Theatre, this production aims to present all those elements of this intriguing play.