The Winter's Tale  
The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Emmeline Winterbotham

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th May
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 26th May

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street

  • 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?

The Tower Theatre presents The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's life affirming romance about abuse of power and redeeming love.

King Leontes, suspects his wife Hermione of infidelity 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' son, Prince Florizel, is in love with an intriguing and beautiful shepherdess. Can the power of their youthful passion awaken hope and forgiveness in hearts frozen in perpetual winter?

Cast List

Leontes, King of Sicilia : Will Forester
Hermione, his Queen : Gemma Parkes
Mamillius, his son and heir : Emily McCormick
Polixenes, King of Bohemia : Jonathan Wober
Archidamus, a Lord of Bohemia : Richard Scarr

Lords of Sicilia
Camillo : Paul Isaacs
Antigonus : Ian Recordon
Cleomenes : Eva Khair
Dion : Joe Solomons

Paulina, wife to Antigonus : Samantha Wright
Emilia : Annemarie Fearnley
Ladies : Hannah Leonard, Annie O'Brien, Jessie Smith
Servant to Mamillius : Sarah Wenban
Gaoler : Eva Khair

Shepherd : Chris Holmes
His son, a clown : Ben Kynaston
Perdita, his adopted daughter : Emily McCormick
Florizel, son and heir to Polixenes : Dominic Chambers
Autolycus, a rogue : Richard Scarr
Mopsa : Alice Boorman
Dorcas : Annie O'Brien

Time : Penny Tuerk

Ensemble : Samantha Wright, Annemarie Fearnley, Jessie Smith, Hannah Leonard


Production Team

Director : Emmeline Winterbotham
Set Design : Peter Foster
Costume Design : the London College of Fashion
Co-ordinated by Aloma Barnes and Daheng Liu
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Composer and Music Director : Vahan Salorian
Choreographer : Rachel Berg
Choreographer for the Bear Sequence and Foley Sound : Ruth Sullivan

Stage Manager : Lauren Turner
Assistant Director : Peter Foster
Lighting Operator : Rob Hebblethwaite
Wardrobe Co-ordination : Sheila Burbidge
Publicity Co-ordinator : Michelle Roebuck