Friday 20 January 2017 - 19:00 to Wednesday 15 February 2017 - 23:00

The next performance of the first-ever Ukrainian adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale (1623) is on on Friday 15 February 2017, at Lviv’s Les Kurbas Theatre, as part of the British Council/GREAT’s Shakespeare Lives programme. 

The project is also part of the British Council’s Ukraine annual theatre programme, which in 2015 supported co-productions of UK plays. To commemorate the Bard’s 400th death anniversary, we offered local theatres the opportunity to bid for support to co-produce, in cooperation with the UK’s Linbury Prize (the UK’s most prestigious Stage Design award), a Shakespeare play yet to be premiered in Ukraine. 

We selected and supported Les Kurbas Theatre’s proposal to work in tandem with Director IevgenKhudzyk and 2015 Linbury Prize-nominee Minglu Wang.

In his adaptation, Khudzyk seeks to re-contextualise the play’s central themes (jealousy, women, class and absolutism) within Ukraine’s own history: Perdita, the exiled princess living in a rural community, embodies Ukraine’s past, from its origins during the Kievan Rus to the recent 2014 revolution. Are those in charge of the state able to restore a country’s lost identity? What is the role of society in this complex and traumatic process?

The premiere will take place at Les Kurbas Theatre (3, Les Kurbas Street, Lviv) at 19:00. Tickets are available at the theatre’s box office and online at

The project is a collaboration between the British Council Ukraine, the UK’s Linbury Prize, Les Kurbas Theatre and NGO Drabya as part of the British Council/GREAT’s global Shakespeare Lives programme.

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