Shakespeare's Globe

The Winter's Tale [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Oluwole Oguntokun
Translated by: Tade Ipadeola

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Yoruba by Renegade Theatre, from Lagos, Nigeria.

The Renegade Theatre initiated the Theatre@Terra project in 2007, where plays were produced twice every Sunday in Lagos without interruption for three-and-a-half years - a feat unparalleled in modern Nigeria. The company's patron is Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Yoruba folk tales inform this magical new production where Leontes becomes Sango, the God of Thunder, and Hermoine is Oya, the Warrior Spirit of the Wind.


When Leontes, Sicilian king, becomes convinced his pregnant wife Hermione is conducting an affair with his closest friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia, he is so entaged he banishes her newborn child, while Hermione apparently dies of grief. Sixteen years later, the child, Perdita, having been raised in Bohemia by shepherds, is in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes, who forbids their marriage. The lovers travel to Leontes’ court seeking happiness, which they find – in ways nobody expected.

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  • Costume Design Faith Ogbu


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