Shakespeare's Globe

The Winter's Tale [1997]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: David Freeman

Two kings, Leontes and Polixenes, dear friends since childhood, become divided by jealousy and suspicion. An innocent queen, Hermione, is tried for adultery, found guilty and reported dead. King Leontes is inconsolable with guilt and grief, but art, times and providence may draw regeneration from remorse...

Shakespeare's first unambiguous success in the genre of Romance integrates the exotic and the magical with the realistic psychology of the tragedies. An exquisite balance of the human and the divine characterises the play's distinctive regenerative theme.


  • Designer Tom Phillips
  • Composer Claire van Kampen


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