The Winter’s Tale 2016 - 2017

Cast Interviews
Further Interviews

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…


There may be in the cup / A spider steep’d, and one may drink, depart, / And yet partake no venom


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)

E-Trailer for The Winter’s Tale

Audience reactions to Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale. Recorded at Teatro Romea, Murcia, Spain on 9th February 2017.

Audience reactions to Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale. Recorded at Cambridge Arts Theatre, UK, on 1st February 2017.

Audience reactions to Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale. Recorded at Silk Street Theatre, London, April 2017.

Grace AndrewsEmilia / Time
Joseph BlackCleomenes
David CarrCamillo
Tom CawteMamillius
Ryan DonaldsonAutolycus
Guy HughesDion / Live Music Co-ordinator
Orlando JamesLeontes
Sam McArdleYoung Shepherd / Clown
Eleanor McLoughlinPerdita
Peter MoretonAntigonus / Old Shepherd
Natalie Radmall-QuirkeHermione / Dorcas
Joy RichardsonPaulina / Mopsa
Edward SayerPolixenes
Sam WoolfFlorizel

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
MusicPaddy Cunneen
Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Assistant DirectorMarcus Montgomery Roche
Assistant Movement DirectorElizabeth Ballinger
Casting DirectorSiobhan Bracke
Costume SupervisorAngie Burns
Company ManagerTim Speechley
Technical DirectorSimon Bourne
Technical Stage ManagerRobin Turley-Smith
Deputy Stage ManagerHarriet Stewart
Assistant Stage ManagerLou Ballard
SoundFred Riding
LightingDavid Salter
Wardrobe ManagerRebecca Rees

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