William Shakespeare

The Winter's Tale
  • The Winter's Tale

    • William Shakespeare

    • Danny Sapani (Read by)

    • Eve Best (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Karl Johnson (Read by)

    • Paul Copley (Read by)

    • Shaun Dooley (Read by)

    • Susan Jameson (Read by)

    Eve Best, Danny Sapani and Shaun Dooley star in this modern, riveting and magical production of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

    The Winter's Tale treads new dramatic ground embracing tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction "exit pursued by a bear". One of Shakespeare's mesmerising later productions, often considered a 'problem play' as it starts with a tragedy and ends in a romance

    The story starts with the consuming jealousy of King Leontes of Sicilia towards his wife Hermione and his childhood friend King Polixenes of Bohemia. Believing they are lovers and the child she is carrying is illegitimate, Leontes begins a destructive path: the breaking of his marriage and the abandonment of his child

    What seems hopeless, tragic and irreconcilable changes in Act 2 where jealousy and actions arouse a passionate sense of honour, love, justice and self-sacrifice in members of his court and family. The baby, Perdita, is raised by a shepherd, unaware of her royal heritage. It seems she will never discover the truth of her birth, but when Prince Florizel sees her and falls in love, it seems fate has other ideas....

    This production brings together a star cast and includes an original folk music score by award-winning musicians Lisa Knapp and Tim Van Eyken

    Production Credits

    Written by William Shakespeare
    Music composed by Tim Van Eyken and singer Lisa Knapp
    Director: David Hunter
    First Broadcast BBC Radio 4 on the 1st May 2016 as part of The Shakespeare Sessions series

    Cast List
    Leontes ... Danny Sapani
    Hermione ... Eve Best
    Polixenes ... Shaun Dooley
    Camillo... Karl Johnson
    Paulina... Susan Jameson
    Shepherd... Paul Copley
    Perdita... Faye Castelow
    Autolycus... Tim Van Eyken
    Florizel... Will Howard
    Mamillius... Charlie Brand
    Archidamus...Sean Baker
    Antigonus... Brian Protheroe
    Clown...Sam Rix
    Emilia...Scarlett Brookes
    Cleomenes...Richard Pepple
    Dion...Nick Underwood
    First Lady...Adie Allen
    Mopsa...Nicola Ferguson
    First Lord.. James Lailey
    Mariner...Sargon Yelda
    Officer...Ewan Bailey

William Shakespeare was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote about 38 plays (the precise number is uncertain), many of which are regarded as the most exceptional works of drama ever produced, including Romeo and Juliet (1595), Henry V (1599), Hamlet (1601), Othello (1604), King Lear (1606) and Macbeth (1606), as well as a collection of 154 sonnets, which number among the most profound and influential love poetry in English. Shakespeare died in Stratford in 1616.

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