Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns this festive season. This beautifully reimagined production, co-directed by Kenneth Branagh, features a remarkable cast that includes Dame Judi Dench as Pauline alongside Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Frazer, Miranda Raison and Branagh himself.
REVIEWS OF THE LIVE PERFORMANCE:
“[A] tastefully competent, handsomely cast Bard-bothering—all crisply enunciated right down to the last, penultimately stressed syllable, sprinkled with a teensy bit of innovation but never enough to frighten the horses. For example, a frisson of homoerotic desire between Branagh’s Leontes and Polixenes (Hadley Fraser) puts his jealous rage with Hermione (Miranda Raison) in a newish light…” — Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
“In a production unafraid to hint at the darker elements of Shakespeare’s fable, Branagh and Dench are surrounded by a first-rate team.” — Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Brilliant… [Branagh] takes the lead as the jealousy-seized Leontes alongside the great Dame Judi Dench.” — Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
“[Branagh’s] production, superbly co-directed by him and Rob Ashford, is Shakespeare’s late romance, The Winter’s Tale, about redemption and regeneration and the miracle that is a second chance. And it reunites him—thrillingly—with Dench… This is an exceptionally well-spoken production, but a luminous Judi Dench gives one of her most moving Shakespearean masterclasses.” — Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
Dame Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Jessie Buckley, Hadley Frazer, Miranda Raison, Kenneth Branagh
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