The Winter's Tale

By William Shakespeare
Cheek by Jowl

5 - 22 April 2017 / 19:30, 14:00
Silk Street Theatre

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+

19 Apr
This performance is being live streamed. There will be several cameras inside the auditorium, and audience members may be filmed and could appear on screen. By attending this performance you are agreeing to being filmed and appearing in the broadcast. Please be in your seats by 7.25pm ready for a prompt 7.30 start. There will be no latecomers for this performance.

8/9 Apr
Weekend lab

10 Apr
Members' pre show talk
Free to Barbican Members and Friends of Cheek by Jowl

19 Apr
Live Stream

This performance of The Winter’s Tale will be live streamed from the Barbican Centre. Watch here:

21 Apr, 7.30pm
Captioned performance

22 Apr, 2pm
Audio-described performance
(Touch Tour from 12pm)  

This event is part of:

Presented by the Barbican

Produced by Cheek by Jowl

Image ©Johan Persson
Co-produced by the Barbican, Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid


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