Recently awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his ability to bring classic works to life for a contemporary audience, Declan Donnellan directs a revelatory Winter’s Tale that is ‘as intoxicating as a summer night’ - Les Echos.
Shakespeare tears apart nearly every rule of theatre. Low comedy interrupts high tragedy, kings jostle with thieves, and the stage is invaded by clowns, a princess, a bear and Time herself, who announces a sixteen-year interval.
Vitalised by storytelling of sparkling clarity, this production by Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl features Orlando James as Leontes, his insidious descent into delusion and darkness giving way to light as joy is born.
2 hours 45 mins/including an interval. Age guidance 14+.
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