The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Emmeline Winterbotham

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



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.

Jardin Shakespeare
Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

Jardin Shakespeare
Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare

In 2018, our 27th year in Paris, the Tower Theatre Company presents The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's mature romance about abuse of power and redeeming love.

  • A ruler turned jealous tyrant
  • Families blown apart by death and suspicion
  • The younger generation disinherited

How to tell true from false in a world of trickery and disguise?

King Leontes, suspects his wife Hermione of having an affair with his best friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia. He sets in motion a violent and tragic chain of events which culminate in the abandonment of his new born daughter on a foreign shore.

Fast forward 16 years to Bohemia where Polixenes's son, Prince Florizel, is in love with an intriguing and beautiful shepherdess. Can the power of their youthful passion awaken forgiveness and hope in hearts frozen in perpetual winter?

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.

Will Forrester as Leontes, Gemma Parkes as Hermione and Jonathan Wober as Polixenes