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RSC: The Winter's Tale


  • Category: Theatre

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King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late? In the kingdom of Sicilia, King Leontes and Queen Hermione are expecting their second child. During a visit from their friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia, Hermione comes under the wrath of her husband and is accused of adultery with Polixenes. Refusing to believe Hermione’s innocence, Leontes banishes the child which he believes is not his. During Hermione’s trial, Leontes loses both his wife and son and, with his new-born daughter sent away across the sea, Leontes is alone to mourn the consequences of his actions. In the future, Prince Florizel of Bohemia and a young shepherdess, Perdita, fall in love. King Polixenes disapproves of his son’s unsuitable match, so they flee to Sicilia to protect their happiness. But as old friends and family reunite, the truth unravels, and one question remains. Can we mend the past? Or will it take a miracle? Set across a 16-year span from the 1953 coronation to the moon landings, this production imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.

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  • Date: Tue 3 May 2022Time:  19:00Book Now


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