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What to expect
'The Winter's Tale' brings both of the iconic theatres of Shakespeare's Globe together for a memorable event. 'The Winter's Tale' is a romance written by William Shakespeare and this performance transforms the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse into a vast and exciting experience, using both stages. King Leontes falsely accuses his pregnant wife of infidelity with his best friend. The king is taken by jealousy, causing him to make a couple of catastrophic decisions, that break apart his family and make him abandon his newborn daughter. Will time heal everything and help in reconciliation after 16 years?
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is turned into the aristocratic luxury of Sicilia, while the Globe Theatre is turned into the pastoral playground of Bohemia. Audiences will move from one theatre to another to watch this magnificent production of Shakespeare's romance play. Sean Holmes is at the helm of this play, and the artistic director brings both worlds together to focus on the explosive and redemptive power of love. This play is the start of the Folio 400th Anniversary celebrations that are going to run for a whole year. The performance starts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, then the audience will be taken to the Globe Theatre for the second part of the performance. Book 'The Winter's Tale' tickets today.
About 'The Winter's Tale'
What is 'The Winter's Tale' about?
'The Winter's Tale' is a play that was first published in 1623. Many critics consider this play a comedy, while others believe it to be a romance. Some even consider 'The Winter's Tale' a problem play. A problem play involves a number of issues, which later in the play, become resolved, resulting in a happy ending. This performance of 'The Winter's Tale' is directed by Sean Holmes, and set on the two stages of Shakespeare's Globe in London.
This special production of a classic by William Shakespeare has been made into a number of adaptations over the years. A silent film adaptation of the play was made for the silver screen in 1910. BBC screened a TV version of the story in 1981. Choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, made a full-length ballet production of the play for the Royal Ballet in 2014.
Follow the intrigue and action at the court of King Leontes in Sicilia and his interactions with the King of Bohemia. The King of Sicilia and Queen Hermione expect their second child, when King Polixenes of Bohemia decides to visit them. The King of Bohemia and King Leontes' wife become very friendly, causing King Leontes to become jealous and accuse his wife of adultery. Polixenes leaves, leaving Leontes to believe that he has ran from guilt. He puts his pregnant wife in prison, who then gives birth. She tries to introduce the king to his daughter, but he is convinced at this point, that the girl is not his own. The king banishes his daughter from the kingdom, thinking that Queen Hermione had conceived her with King Polixenus. He even begins to suspect that his son, Mamillius, is not really his. Mamillius, who has been ill for some time, then dies, followed by his mother, who dies of grief. The king begins to see he was wrong and mourns his wife, son, and daughter, whom he believes to be dead.
Perdita, the newborn baby daughter of the king and queen, is rescued by a Bohemian shepherd from death. The shepherd raises Perdita as his own daughter, and after 16 years, there is a chance of some happy endings.
Perdita, as a young shepherdess, falls in love with Prince Florizell, the son of King Polixenes, who is in disguise. They plan to marry, but King Polixenes does not approve of his son's choice, so the young couple flee to Sicilia to be happy. Later, family and old friends reunite, and the truth unfurls. Is there time to mend all that is lost?
This play was written by William Shakespeare around 400 years ago and has since been performed numerous times all over the world. This performance at Shakespeare's Globe uses both of the theatres in the venue to create a world worthy of the late romance play. It is a story of jealousy, love, and redemption, where relationships are broken, friendships are lost, and tragedy stirs. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be turned into Sicilia, while the Globe Theatre will be turned into Bohemia. This play is the first of the year-long Folio 400th Anniversary celebrations.
What age is 'The Winter's Tale' suitable for?
The age restriction for the play has not been announced yet. There are adult themes in the play, which can be upsetting for some audiences. Parental discretion is advised.
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How long is the play?
The duration of the play has not been announced yet.
Who is the team behind 'The Winter's Tale'?
The writer of the play is William Shakespeare. The play is directed by artistic director Sean Holmes.
The Shakespeare's Globe Trust helped in these productions. It is a registered charity in England and Wales, supported by the Arts Council through the Culture Recovery Fund.
Who is in the London cast of 'The Winter's Tale'?
The cast of this play has not been announced.
Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh were the stars of an earlier production of 'The Winter's Tale' at Garrick Theatre, directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford.
Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs
Where is 'The Winter's Tale' being performed?
The address of the theatre is Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT, England.
How do I get to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?
Southwark Bridge Road will take you to the theatre in the shortest possible time.
Southwark, Blackfriars, and London Bridge are the nearest Tube stations. All of them are around 10-15 minutes away from the theatre.
London Blackfriars, Cannon Street, and London Bridge are the nearest train stations.
There are also bus services running both day and night in London to take you to the venue. The nearest bus routes are 45, 63, 100, 15, 17, 11, 15, 17, 26, 76, 381 , and 344.
Where can I park near the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?
The NCP car park on Thames Exchange is the nearest parking available near the theatre.
Where are the toilet facilities at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?
Standard toilets and accessible toilets can be found inside the theatre.
Is the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse accessible?
Both of the theatres at Shakespeare's Globe are wheelchair accessible. There is step-free access to the theatre from the Globe's foyer. There is also step-free access from the main entrance located on New Globe Walk. There are lifts located inside to get to all levels of the theatre. There are tickets available for wheelchair users.
Contact the box office for any help or questions.
Where can I eat nearby?
Some popular recommendations near the theatre are The Real Greek Bankside, Zizzi Bankside, Swan at the Globe, Samuel Pepys, and Tas Pide.