Cheek by Jowl
William Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale
THEATRE AT MEGARON
With the support of the British Council
– William Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale
In English with Greek subtitles
The play is recommended for audiences over 12 years old
Director: Declan Donnellan
Set & costume designer: Nick Ormerod
Lighting design: Judith Greenwood
Music: Paddy Cunneen
Choreographer: Jane Gibson
Assistant choreographer: Elizabeth Ballinger
Assistant director: Marcus Roche
Cast: Orlando James, Edward Sayer, Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Eleanor McLoughlin, Joy Richardson, Grace Andrews, David Carr, Ryan Donaldson, Sam Woolf, Peter Moreton, Sam McArdle, Joseph Black, Guy Hughes, Tom Cawte
Cheek by Jowl is the international touring theatre company of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Since forming in 1981, it has performed across the world presenting large scale classical and modern works in English, French and Russian languages.
Cheek by Jowl is an Associate of the Barbican Centre, London.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.
The Winter’s Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. But this is the new Shakespeare, after he completed his great tragedies, and the tough struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion…
“Theatre cannot die before the last dream has been dreamt”
Declan Donnellan, The Actor and the Target
“All the vast richness of the world dreamed up by Shakespeare shines with blinding splendour in this Winter’s Tale”