Starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, The Winter’s Tale is part of Kenneth Branagh’s season of Plays at the Garrick theatre.
Shakespeareʼs timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Judi Dench will play Paulina, Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes.
The Winter’s Tale will form part of Kenneth Branagh’s Season of Plays at the Garrick Theatre and runs from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016
Leontes has everything a man could want: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But jealousy causes him tear his happy family apart, leading to years of guilt. Finally he pays his debts and can be reconciled with his loving wife, Hermione.
The Winter’s Tale consists of five acts: The first three acts consist of psychological drama where Shakespeare demands we endure the savage madness of Leontes and the deaths of innocent people; the final two acts are full of amusement and laughter which leads to a happy and joyous ending.
The cast includes Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, Kenneth Branagh as Leontes, Tom Bateman as Florizel, Jessie Buckley as Perdita, Jack Colgrave Hirst as The Clown, Hadley Fraser as Polixenes, Michael Pennington as Antigonus, Miranda Raison as Hermione, John Shrapnel as Camillo, Kathryn Wilder as Mopsa, John Dagleish as Autolycus and Jimmy Yuil as Shepherd.
The full cast includes Pierre Atri, Jaygann Ayeh, Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Vera Chok, Jack Colgrave Hirst, John Dagleish, Judi Dench, Hadley Fraser, Adam Garcia, Rudi Goodman, Matthew Hawksley, Taylor James, Pip Jordan, Ansu Kabia, Stuart Neal, Michael Pennington, Zoë Rainey, Miranda Raison, Michael Rouse, John Shrapnel, Kathryn Wilder and Jimmy Yuill.
Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford to co-direct with set and costume by Christopher Oram.
★★★★★ “Brilliant” The Telegraph
★★★★ “In a production unafraid to hint at the darker elements of Shakespeare’s fable, Branagh and Dench are surrounded by a first-rate team” The Guardian
★★★★“elegant” The Evening Standard
★★★★“splendid, starry and sincere” The Stage
“Dench is effortless to watch” The Times
Venue InformationGarrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
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