Now, to stare, big-eyed Narcissus, into some spring

Is beneath all adult dignity. I rhyme

To see myself, to set the darkness echoing.

Seamus Heaney, Personal Helikon

From Shakespeare's


a new version by

Helikon Theatre Company


A Winter’s Tale:

An old wives’ tale, an idle tale, a story to while away the long cold hours of winter. A fable grounded in the workings of unreality and the pursuit of a happy ending.


Leontes is married to Hermione.

Mamillus is their son.

Polixenes is Leontes' best friend.

As the family sit down to hear a winter's tale, Leontes' jealousy threatens to destroy his family and his state.


A new story of reconciliation begins.

Leontes' daughter is alive.

She falls in love with Polixenes' son.

In their inaugural professional production, Helikon Theatre Company radically reworks Shakespeare's most illusive work and explores its compulsion towards a happy ending.

This production made its debut at the OSO Arts Centre (Barnes) in March 2019, before a run at Brighton Fringe, in the Hat at the Warren, in May 2019.