In order to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death (1616-2016), the team at Class Act Theatre will make The Winter's Tale their first ever mainstream production this June.
Written circa 1611, just five years before Shakespeare's death, The Winter's Tale belongs to a set of Shakespearean plays that we know today as 'romances'. The Winter's Tale is both a tragedy and comedy, which ultimately it transcends the two to embrace the traditional fairytale themes of separation, reconciliation and finally, love.
For those who don't know; the plot of The Winter's Tale is set around a jealous king, Leontes, who accuses his pregnant wife Hermione of adultery with his best friend and fellow king Polixenes. Though Hermione protests her innocence, he doesn't believe her. King Leontes orders her eight-year-old son Mamillius be taken away from her, and her new-born daughter to die.
After ignoring the divine intervention of Apollo's oracle in Hermoine's trial; Leontes' young son, Mamillius, dies, Hermione then collapses, also apparently dead, and Leontes is wracked with remorse. What follows is one of William Shakespeare's best - a story filled with plot twists, tragic ironies and, in this case, a fairytale ending.