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Courtyard Theatre

Courtyard Theatre
Southern Lane
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

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Stratford-upon-Avon train station has services north to Birmingham and south to London Marylebone (via Warwick, Leamington Spa, Banbury and Bicester North). Taxis are available at Warwick and Leamington Spa stations. Stratford-upon-Avon, located in Warwickshire, is just a short drive from Junction 15 of the M40.

The Winter's Tale - Stratford Upon Avon

David Farr continues his duties as Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company by helming a new production of The Winter’s Tale at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The production features Greg Hicks and Kelly Hunter in lead roles as Shakespeare’s classic tale of unhappiness with the perfect life returns to the stage.

As a Shakespearean classic it has been staged frequently around the world since its premiere in 1611 and as a new decade begins it is certain to remain a popular choice for years to come. Immortalised in the First Folio of 1623, it has forever been a source of debate amongst scholars, who disagree on its labelling. For example, is it a comedy or a drama? And if it is a drama, is it a psychological drama? Whatever the interpretation, Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” remains a favourite and its intriguing story continues to grip audiences on an international stage.

The meaning of happiness is at the heart of The Winter’s Tale as we are introduced to Leontes (Hicks), a man who should be happy with his life as he lives an existence with great power and surrounded by an adoring family. But he is not; instead he feels uneasy with everything around him and his outbursts and destructive behaviour forces his family further and further away. He loses his wife and his son and eventually abandons his daughter in Bohemia. We then follow this daughter, who has grown up in an idyllic lifestyle, as a series of events lead to their possible reunion sixteen years later.

Kelly Hunter portrays the wife of Leontes, Hermione. This actress has appeared in various productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and her Laurence Olivier Award-nomination for “The Blue Angel” is a strong indication of great things. Her other credits include “King John”, “Measure for Measure” and “Talk of the City” for the RSC, as well as “Cuckoos” at the National Theatre, “Metamorphosis” at the Lyric Hammersmith and “Evita” at the Prince Edward Theatre.

With “Julius Caesar” and “Coriolanus” under his belt, David Farr directs The Winter’s Tale as the Associate Director of the company. His other credits include “The Odyssey” and “The Bacchae” for the Lyric Hammersmith, whilst he has also worked on the likes of “Spooks” and “Hannah” for the screen.

The Winter’s Tale is at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from Wednesday 14th July 2010 to Thursday 2nd September 2010.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 14th July 2010
Booking Until: Thursday, 2nd September 2010
Matinees: Selected dates at 1pm
Evenings: Selected dates at 7.15pm
Running Time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
Show Status: This production is closed
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