Bell Shakespeare presents
THE WINTER'S TALE
Once upon a time there was a king whose jealous rage caused him to lose everyone dear to him. So begins William Shakespeare's fantastical fable, The Winter's Tale, seen through the eyes of a child…
Young prince Mamillius watches in horror as his father, King Leontes, wrongly accuses his pregnant mother, Hermione, of adultery. When Mamillius' sister is born, Leontes mistakenly believes the baby is not his own, and orders her to be abandoned in the wild. Mamillius dies of heartbreak and news quickly arrives that the same fate has befallen his mother. Too late, Leontes realises the error of his ways and vows to mourn for the rest of his life.
But there is more to all of this than meets the eye. In director John Bell's hands, the power of Mamillius' imagination proves stronger even than death. The boy's spirit lives on, whisking us away to another place and another time where Mamillius orchestrates an elaborate sequence of events to repair the damage that has been done. Along the way there will be songs, laughter, love and perhaps even redemption for the broken King Leontes.
The Winter's Tale was written during the most wildly experimental phase of the Bard's career. Bell Shakespeare's production will throw new light on every layer, from heartaches to belly laughs. And it will pose the question: in the wake of unspeakable suffering, can anyone truly live happily ever after?
Meet Bell Shakespeare!
Do you have any burning questions you need answered about how we make theatre? Then join Bell Shakespeare for a briefing and Q&A ahead of The Winter's Tale opening at Sydney Opera House. You'll see a special design presentation, as well as having the opportunity to hear director John Bell and the cast talk about the production. There may even be a small performance!
Sydney Opera House, Playhouse
Tuesday 25 February at 6:00pm
This is a free event but bookings are essential. To reserve your place, email email@example.com with MEET BELL SHAKESPEARE in the subject line. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the event or your place cannot be guaranteed.