The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Winter’s Tale is coming to Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre in Spring next year. Having already had hit runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Barbican Theatre in London, this new tour is bound the br a hit.
Shakespeare’s classic play, which tells the story of King Leontes whose jealousy rips his family apart, will be set across a 16-year span. I always love a new take on a classic and this looks to be a really inventive retelling.
The show is being directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman. Erica Whyman said: “I am particularly excited to be directing The Winter’s Tale as it is one of my all-time favourite plays. It is a story of a man with immense power, who abuses it in the grip of a totally consuming paranoia, but then comes to his senses on a very public platform and apologises – without limit or excuse. That seems to me an act of such rare humility, that to do justice to it Shakespeare conjures a true fairytale, in which grief, repentance, patience, love and common sense are all in the end rewarded.
“I’m setting my production in the 1950s in a monarchy that has known fascism – an imagined Spain where politics, religion and power are deeply intertwined, moving later to 1969 in the North East of England in which real labour and a deep sense of community seems gloriously healthy, loving and straightforward by comparison. It is a privilege to be able to share this wonderful play with audiences around the country. I am passionate about ensuring the RSC means what it says about Shakespeare being for everyone, and being invited to tour to these welcoming and ambitious theatres is a significant plank of making that a reality”
Of course, as is always the way with RSC’s productions, they have a fantastic opportunity to share the work of Shakespeare with local communities. They’re going to be working with schools and other members of the community who wouldn’t normally get chance to visit the theatre, to create their own responses to the play and get a feel for the importance of the arts.
The production’s music is composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge, whose previous works include Vanity Fair on ITV amongst other fantastic stage productions.
The Winter’s Tale boasts an impressive cast, most of whom have starred in previous RSC productions as well as countless television shows. This includes Joseph Kloska as Leontes, Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Hermione, Ben Caplan as Camillo and Amanda Hadingue playing Paulina.
The Winter’s Tale comes to Bradford from 2nd February – 6th February 2021.
For more information, visit the Bradford Theatres website. Please note that bookings may only be taken online rather than over the phone.