'Lively and inventive…The production fully conveys the play’s pastoral comedy. Indeed, there are moments where it threatens to turn into a stage version of a bucolic musical festival - Glastonbury with more wildlife...there are laughs aplenty' -Evening Standard
'Hall’s staging has a dazed, dreamlike quality…The production has a spell-binding beauty to it' -Financial Times
'This production is great fun...The light-hearted Bohemian scenes lead to Shakespeare's truly magical ending, guaranteeing that everyone will leave the theatre with a smile on their faces.’ -British Theatre Guide
The Winter’s Tale takes us on an extraordinary journey. King Leontes falls prey to an inexplicable jealousy of his wife Hermione; it causes her (apparent) death and the (actual) death of his young son Mamillius. Sixteen years of repentance, supervised by Paulina, lead to scenes of reunion and reconciliation — but without concealing the cost in human terms. This is a slightly shortened version of the text of The Winter’s Tale as printed in the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works (1623). The opening sequence, divided between various voices, and the first half of Scene Twelve, draw upon, and re-shape, the more extended versions of the original.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Edward Hall is Artistic Director of both Propeller and the Hampstead Theatre, London, and an Associate Director of the National Theatre, the Old Vic, and the Watermill Theatre. He has directed at the National, the RSC, Chichester, and theatres worldwide: Boston, New York, Chicago, Denver, Tokyo, winning several major awards. He has also worked extensively on television and radio.
Roger Warren’s numerous publications include five editions for the Oxford Shakespeare series; he has also prepared many performing editions, especially for Propeller and the Peter Hall Company. He has collaborated with Edward Hall on eleven Shakespeare productions in the last decade.