Past Shows

A Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare, in a new version by Helikon Theatre Company

Performed March 2019 at 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 [….]”

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.
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.

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
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)