Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – The RSC until 23 Feb

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While The Winter’s Tale is often dubbed one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays in comparison to the giants of Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, it is one of the most widely acted plays in modern theatre: to this end, fans of the Bard may be thinking ‘why would I want to see the play all over again?’ This is indeed something that initially cropped into director Lucy Bailey’s head when approached to direct this winter’s showing of the play at the RSC; however, as soon as she read Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy versus romance, affluence versus penuriousness, she identified links to modern society that no director has ever pinpointed in their interpretations before, and directing the play became a no-brainer. Continue reading