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Poison, prison, and a happy ending nonetheless.
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December 2016
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Tuesday December 06, 2016
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US Premiere
The Winter’s Tale
Dec 6—Dec 11, 2016

By William Shakespeare
Cheek by Jowl
Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod


Sculptures breathe and kings weep in the Bard’s late masterpiece of wit and wisdom. In honor
of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, director Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl
(’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, 2012 Winter/Spring) tackle the dizzying scope of The Winter’s Tale—countless hairpin turns from violence to farce, through multiple countries and over the course of 16 years—with trademark searing intellect and a fiercely contemporary approach.

When King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity, he throws her in prison and initiates a chain of events that destroys his once-happy family. But can he find redemption for his crimes? Can his senseless acts of violence somehow be undone? When is a man no better than a beast? Donnellan and his cast take up Shakespeare’s most fundamental questions in this tour-de-force interpretation, testing the limits of hope, humanity, and our capacity for wonder.


Directed by Declan Donnellan
Designed by Nick Ormerod
Lighting designer Judith Greenwood
Composer and sound designer Paddy Cunneen
Associate and movement director Jane Gibson

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg; Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid (INAEM)

2hrs 40min with intermission
Balcony seating is only accessible by 70 stairs.  
“All the vast richness of the world dreamed up by Shakespeare shines with blinding splendor in this Winter’s Tale.”
— El País (Spain)
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