The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Lily Ann Green

The Tower Theatre performing in Paris at the Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan, Bois de Boulogne

Tuesday June 5 at 12.00
Wednesday June 6 at 7.00
Thursday June 7 at 12.00 and at 7.00
Saturday June 9 at 3.30 and at 7.00
Sunday June 10 at 3.30

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Prices : 20 euro
15 euro concessions/members
12 euro children under 14

How to get there

Tickets will be available from the beginning of April.

Hidden in the Bois de Boulogne, in the Pré Catalan garden, the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare is one of the most beautiful open-air theatres in the world. The audience sits on a large lawn around which are planted the flowers, trees and plants which are mentioned in five of Shakespeare's plays. Each year since 1992 the Tower Theatre Company has performed Shakespeare in this delightful setting.

Pictures from our 2017 production of Much Ado About Nothing
Photography by Laurence Tuerk

In 2018, our 27th year in Paris, the Tower Theatre Company is performing The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's classic romantic and magical tale of jealousy and love versus duty. King Leontes suddenly, and with little cause, suspects his wife Hermione of having an affair with his best friend King Polixenes of Bohemia and that his newborn daughter is not his and orders the child to be killed.

The role of Hermione is often thought to be one of the greatest Shakespearean female roles, as she calmly and intelligently speaks up and fights for her own honour rather than letting a man speak for her.

Fast forward 16 years and Polixenes' son is in love with a beautiful shepherdess (or is she?). In order to marry without his father's consent, they run away and seek Leontes' help.

The play is funny, romantic and often sad but (spoiler alert!) it all works out magically in the end.

The play will be presented in English with French sub-titles.
The performances at noon on Tuesday 5th June and Thursday 7th June are aimed particularly at students and school parties.

Jardin Shakespeare
Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

Jardin Shakespeare
Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare