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...

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)

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Emilia / Time Grace Andrews
Cleomenes Joseph Black
Camillo David Carr
Mamillius Tom Cawte
Autolycus Ryan Donaldson
Dion & Live Music Supervisor Guy Hughes
Leontes Orlando James
Young Shepherd Sam McArdle
Perdita Eleanor McLoughlin
Old Shepherd / Antigonus Peter Moreton
Hermione / Dorcas Natalie Radmall-Quirke
Paulina / Mopsa Joy Richardson
Polixenes Edward Sayer
Florizel Sam Woolf

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


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'Deft, disturbing, and entirely absorbing' The Times ›
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'Ferocious physicality' Independent ›

'a kiss of life' Exeunt ›
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'The legendary Cheek by Jowl return with a savage production' Time Out ›


'An original masterpiece... a privilege!' Le Figaro ›

'A dazzling display of grace and intelligence' La Croix ›

'As intoxicating as a summer night' Les Echos ›

'A beauty that takes your breath away' Huffington Post Fr ›


'Dazzling imagination' ABC ›

'A beautiful twilight fantasy' El Mundo ›

'All the vast richness of the world dreamed up by Shakespeare shines with blinding splendour in this Winter's Tale' El Pais ›


'As invigorating and intoxicating as shot of adrenaline: as exciting as theatre can get!'
- Luxemburger Wort


'… lifted me right off the ground and I'm still flying!'
Το Τέταρτο Κουδούνι ›

Photos by Johan Persson