You pay a great dealfor what's given freely -WShakespeare
Last weekend I attended the production of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale by Class Act Theatre. The show was a great success, as was the timing; this year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616.
Written circa 1611, just five years before the death of The Bard, The Winter's Tale belongs to a set of Shakespearean plays known today as 'romances'. The play is both a tragedy and a comedy, ultimately transcending the two genres and embracing traditional fairytale themes of separation, reconciliation, and finally; love.
For those unfamiliar with The Winter's Tale; the plot is set around King Leontes (Adam May) who, mad with jealousy, accuses his pregnant wife Hermione of adultery with his best friend and fellow King Polixenes (Paul Robertson).
Hermione & King Polixenes "Caught of me! Make me not sighted like the basilisk - Paul Robertson gives an unrestrained performance as the Queen's accused lover.
After the trial, Mamillius dies, Hermione then collapses, also apparently dead, and Leontes is wracked with remorse.
'The sweet'st, dear'st creature's dead, and vengeance for't Not dropp'd down yet'. Angelique Malcolm is formidable as Paulina.
What follows is one of William Shakespeare's best - a story filled with plot twists, tragic ironies and, in this case, a fairytale ending.
Performers in The Winter's Tale are most definitely among the best in Melbourne with special mention to Adam McGurk in his role as Camillo, along with the energetic and laugh-out-loud performances of Alicia Beckhurst, Brian Edmond, and Jimmy James Eaton.
The full cast & crew after opening night.
The Class Act Theatre production of The Winter's Tale is showing now until June 11 at the Northcote Town Hall. The play runs for 150 minutes including one interval.
See below for ticket information and prices or click here to book online.