The Winter's Tale By William Shakespeare
A new adaptation by Adam Nichols, Janet Podd and Sophie Swithinbank
King Leontes of Sicilia appears to have it all: power, wealth, loving friends and adoring family. But, convinced his pregnant wife is having an affair with his best friend, his jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…
Sixteen years later, the daughter he left to die on a remote beach has grown up into a confident young woman and is deeply in love with his best friend’s son. Her destiny leads her back to Sicilia and the father she never knew existed…
This timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is a rollercoaster ride of courtroom dramas, mistaken identities, a man-eating bear and a beautiful statue, combining the tightly plotted excitement of a thriller with the mythical beauty of a fairytale.
Featuring the most famous stage direction of all time, and one of theatre’s most magical and moving denouements, Shakespeare's late, great romance weaves high drama and low comedy to tell a story of heartbreak, reunion and newfound hope.
OVO presents another inventive, entertaining and accessible take on Shakespeare, featuring live music and plenty of laughs.
The Winter's Tale show image designed by Rob Ryan under commission for The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival.