Winter's Tale

Globe Theatre
A play by William Shakespeare

UK, 2018, 3 hours

Director: Blanche McIntyre

Cast: Will Keen, Oliver Ryan, Luke MacGregor

In a fit of groundless jealousy, Leontes wrecks his marriage, defies the gods, destroys his family and ruins himself. As the years roll around, a new generation flee their own country and take refuge in Sicilia. Unknowingly they bring with them the key to the past, present and future.

A ‘winter’s tale’ is a fantasy, and The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable. The play’s uncontrollable emotions — rage, love, grief and forgiveness — range across gender, country, class and age. Its universe is full of monsters, gods and natural disasters, and its colossal sweep takes us from stifling courts to unbuttoned festivals.