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 wile along 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'jealous 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 production, Helikon Theatre company radically reworks Shakespeare's most elusive work and its compulsion towards a happy ending.