The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th September 2007

Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Poster by Tim Knott

 

King Leontes of Sicilia begs his childhood friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, to extend his visit to Sicilia. Polixenes protests but after Leontes’ pregnant wife, Hermione, pursuades him to stay a little longer, Leontes becomes convinced that Polixenes and Hermione are lovers. He orders his loyal retainer, Camillo, to poison the Bohemian king but instead, Camillo warns Polixenes, and the two men flee Sicilia immediately. Furious at their escape, Leontes now publicly accuses his wife of infidelity, and declares that the child she is bearing must be illegitimate. He throws her in prison and sends to the Oracle of Delphi for what he is sure will be confirmation of his suspicions. Meanwhile, the queen gives birth to a girl, and her loyal friend Paulina brings the baby to the king, in the hopes that the sight of the child will soften his heart. He only grows angrier, however, and orders Paulina’s husband, Lord Antigonus, to take the child and abandon it in some desolate place.

While Antigonus is gone, the answer comes from Delphi and Hermione is vindicated. As this news is revealed, word comes that Leontes’s son, Mamillius, has died of a wasting sickness brought on by the accusations against his mother. Hermione, meanwhile, falls in a swoon, and is carried away by Paulina, who subsequently reports the queen’s death to her heartbroken and repentant husband.

Antigonus, meanwhile abandons the baby on the Bohemian coast and shortly thereafter is killed by a bear. Perdita is found and taken in by a kindly Shepherd. Sixteen years pass…

Some of the cast

Directed
by
Sylvia Seaman

Cast

Leontes, the King of Sicilia

Polixenes, the King of Bohemia

Camillo

Hermione, wife of Leontes

Paulina

Perdita

Florizel, Prince of Bohemia

Autolycus

Clown

Shepherd

Antigonus

Emilia

Second Lady

Mopsa

Dorcas

Mamillius

Time

Servant

Cleomenes

Jailer

Officer

Archidamus

Third Gentleman

First Lady

Lord

Second Lady

Dion

Bear

Second Gentlman

John Cooke


Tim Knott


David Seaman

Nadine Comba


Jenny Riddle

Kathryn Mumford

Nick Havergal


Mark Rhodes

Gary Nichols

Francis Holmes

Tony Giddings

Stella Greaves

Angela Watson

Angela Giddings

Angela Watson

Harry Riddle

Maxson Bailey

Ben Hoole

Alex Knight

Mark Rhodes

Gary Nichols

Francis Holmes

Tony Giddings

Stella Greaves

Angela Giddings

Angela Watson

Harry Riddle

Maxson Bailey

Harry Riddle