by William Shakespeare, in a new version by Helikon Theatre Company
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes
"Helikon's modernisation is spectacular" - Matthew Grierson, Mark Aspen Reviews
In their inaugural production, HELIKON THEATRE COMPANY radically reworks Shakespeare’s most elusive text and its compulsion towards a happy ending.
“[…] a sad tale's best for winter [….]”
Yesterday 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.
Today Leontes is married to Hermione. Mamillius 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.
Tomorrow A new story of reconciliation begins. Leontes’ daughter is alive. She falls in love with Polixenes’ son.
“[…] we are mocked with art […]”
A WINTER'S TALE | in a new version by Helikon Theatre Company | directed and written by Myles O'Gorman | assistant directed by Sophie Leydon | designed by Johnny King (video, sound, lights) and Andy Thornton (set, costume) | additional writing and dramaturgy by Ella Godfrey | produced by Gaia Fay Lambert | assistant produced by Iona Purvis | performance photography by Emily Brailsford With Michael Howlett (Leontes) | Rhonwen Cash (Hermione) | Eleanor de Rohan (Paulina) | Ben Walsh (Antigonus) | Emma Blacklay-Piech (Perdita) | Alex Chard (Florizel) | Lanre Danmola (Polixenes) | Tom Taplin (Camillo)