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SCHTANHAUS & NUFFIELD THEATRE SOUTHAMPTON IN ASSOCIATION WITH HEADLONG
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 MATINEE: WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER 2PM RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINS (INCLUDING INTERVAL) BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Directed by Simon Godwin With a lost child, a jealous King, a beautiful statue and the most famous stage direction of all time, Shakespeare’s late, great romance weaves high drama and low comedy to tell a story of heartbreak, reunion and new found hope. When Leontes, King of Sicilia, becomes convinced his wife, Hermione, is having an adulterous affair with his oldest friend he is consumed with jealously. As the effects of his rage spread, a rollercoaster story unfolds of mistaken identities, a man-eating bear,court-room dramas and a secret box which will restore a long lost daughter to her grieving father. The Winter’s Tale combines the tightly plotted excitement of a thriller with the mythic beauty of a fairytale. Sweeping across continents and generations, it has charmed audiences for 450 years and is now imagined afresh in this bold and contemporary new production.