The Maltings Theatre

The Roman Theatre
Open Air Festival
28th May – 11th July 2021

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The Festival

The Maltings Theatre and OVO created The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival in 2014, bringing this unique and historic venue back to life, after it stood largely abandoned for many centuries. 

As we now enter our seventh year, the festival is recognised as one of the UK’s leading outdoor theatre events. 2021 is our biggest and best festival yet with 14 shows, 8 companies and 69 performances presenting a diverse range of incredible theatre, opera and music over 7 weeks.

What's on

View the full digital programme via the button to the left, or visit our What's On page for full details and to buy tickets. 

Find Us

The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, AL3 6AE.

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The Maltings Theatre

The Winter's Tale

24th June - 10th July 2021


Presented by OVO / The Maltings Theatre

Running Time: 120 mins

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About

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. 

 

This show is eligible for a multibuy discount. Receive a 20% discount when you book for two eligible shows, a 30% discount when you book for three, a 40% discount when you book for four and a 50% discount when you book for five. Shows must all be booked at the same time.
Super Saturday: Receive a 40% discount when you book for a triple bill of Peter Pan, Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale on Saturday 26th June.

Cast

Mat Betteridge

Polixenes

Gavin Brooks

Ensemble / Band

Tom Cagnoni

Ensemble / Band

Sam Claridge

Lord / Florizel

Lucy Crick

Hermione / Mopsa

Anna Franklin

Camilla

Guido Garcia Lueches

Antigonus / Autolycus

Helena Gullan

Ensemble / Band

Emilia Harrild

Band / Perdita

Ryan Hopevere Anderson

Ensemble / Band

James Jack Bentham

Ensemble / Band

Otto Lloyd-Baker

Mamillius

Finn Nichols

Mamillius

Adam Nichols

Leontes

Will Pattle

Lord / Young Shepherd

Faith Turner

Paulina / Dorcas

Emma Wright

Emilia / Shepherd

Creatives

Director Adam Nichols

Director Janet Podd

Musical Director Tom Cagnoni

Movement Director Amy Connery

Movement Director Stephanie Jones

Set Designer Simon Nicholas

Costume Designer Emma Lyth

Wardrobe Supervisor Lizzie Thomson

Lighting Designer Chris McDonnell

Lighting Operator James Douglas

Lighting Operator Matt Dugee

Sound Designer and Operator Nat Casey

Stage Manager Lauren Hitchen

Assistant Stage Manager Delga Martineau

Tour Support Team Kate and Peter Crick

Production Manager Ryan Wilce


Reviews

“Adam Nichols’ 90-minute adaptation is an absolute belter of bawdiness and the perfect pick-me-up”

LondonTheatre1 (for The Merry Wives of Windsor)

“Delivered with don’t-give-a-toss energy and seasoned with topical references, it is an inventive and laugh-out-loud remodelling of Shakespeare’s rush job”

Daily Express (for The Merry Wives of Windsor)

“A tireless sense of fun that no downpour could dampen”

Daily Mail (for The Merry Wives of Windsor)

“This glittering production offers audiences the chance to turn back time for 90 minutes of total fun”

The Stage (for The Merry Wives of Windsor)

“A slick 90-minutes with song and dance a-plenty leaves you travelling home after the show with a big fat grin in your face”

Last Minute Theatre Tickets (for The Merry Wives of Windsor)


FAQs

Where can I book tickets?
Tickets are available at maltingstheatre.co.uk. There are no box office facilities at the venue. Please book your tickets in advance.
 
I don't think I received my tickets, where are they and when were they sent?
When you book tickets, you will then receive two emails, a confirmation of your order and a second email containing your tickets. If you can't find them, please check your spam folder
 
Do I need to print my tickets?
No. In fact, please don't! We're trying to improve our carbon footprint. When you book your tickets you will recieve an e-ticket via email that you can show on your phone or smart device on arrival. 
 
What are the discounts?
Multibuy: Receive a 20% discount when you book for two eligible shows, a 30% discount when you book for three, a 40% discount when you book for four and a 50% discount when you book for five. Shows must all be booked at the same time.
 
Super Saturday: Receive a 40% discount when you book for a triple bill of Peter Pan, Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale on Saturday 26th June.
 
Where is the theatre?
The Roman Theatre of Verulamium is situated on Bluehouse Hill, AL3 6AE.
 
Where can I park?
There is no parking or drop off at The Roman Theatre itself. Please do not try to enter the site in your car. The nearest parking (5 minutes' walk) is the NCP St Albans Verulamium Museum. At weekends this car park is often full, alternative parking can be found in the city centre or at Westminster Lodge, (10-15 minutes’ walk).
 
This is all outdoors, so what if it rains?
The Roman Theatre is entirely uncovered, so please dress appropriately (no umbrellas, ponchos encouraged!). The performance will continue whatever the weather, unless conditions become dangerous. In the event of weather related cancellation, we will rebook you for a future performance. Refunds are not given in the event of bad weather. Full terms.
 
Is it Covid safe?
We’ve done all we can to make the festival safe. Our performers and crew are observing strict protocols in rehearsals and backstage. Our stewards have been given specialist training and equipment. Our site has been redesigned with Covid in mind, including new seating layouts, bar arrangements, payment systems and cleaning processes. View our full Covid-19 policy.

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