The Winters Tale
Drama

Barbican

The Winters Tale

05 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017

£28.00 - £28.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

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The mysterious and extraordinary story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself.

Wracked by guilt, Leontes sets off a chain-reaction of events that leads to a miraculous climax and the chance of redemption.

Ages 14+

Barbican [Off West End]

“Full of thought-provoking revelation... James plays Leontes as a man spoiling for a fight... Intelligent and challenging.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Pairs irreverence and inventiveness with emotional clarity and power... Intelligent, inventive and moving.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Brave performances and distinctive directorial choices... A Shakespearean joy-ride... Playful and mad and brilliantly un-boring.”

Miriam Gillinson (Arts Desk, Time Out)

“Rich, minimalist.. Leontes' wilful moral idiocy – defying the divine oracle – is very disturbingly communicated by James.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“While this revival bursts with intelligence and ideas, it comes across as calculating and leaves the emotions frosted.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Brilliant concision... A stunning variety of stage images... Exquisite... The ensemble playing here is of real quality.”

Tom Birchenough (Arts Desk)

“Cawte makes the often weedy part of Mamillius into something riveting... a terrifying mini-Leontes.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Sheds text like so much unwanted baggage, and sprints like one possessed, the whole ensemble moving almost as one organism.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

Reviews (1)    

Your rating
Brilliantly concise, and Orlando James is fab as Leontes, completely believeable. I still got bored in the second half – until he came back into it – but you can't blame a company for that. I think they did a good job of making the timewasting 'fun' at least entertainingly inventive. Worth catching for James alone, I'd say.

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Ivy Pavlova 21 Apr 2017

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