On tour with The Winter's Tale in Spring 2013

17 October 2012

  • Production visits Milton Keynes, York, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Stoke after performances in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Production directed by Lucy Bailey with Jo Stone-Fewings as Leontes

The Royal Shakespeare Company will tour The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's tale of jealousy and forgiveness, to Milton Keynes, York, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Stoke in March and April 2013. The production takes to the road after a run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in January and February 2013.

Directed by Lucy Bailey, the production features RSC Associate Artist, Jo Stone-Fewings as Leontes, whose bitter jealousy drives him to destroy all he holds dear.

Jo Stone-Fewings last appeared with the RSC as Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, with other RSC credits including: The City Madam, Orsino in Twelfth Night, and the Bastard in King John. Other recent stage appearances include: Heartbreak House and The Way of the World for the Chichester Festival Theatre. On TV Jo can be seen as Tom Eldridge in New Tricks (BBC), and has also appeared in Misfits (Channel 4) and Dr Who (BBC).

Lucy Bailey made her RSC directorial debut with Julius Caesar, which enjoyed successful runs in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and New York (2009-11). This was followed by a acclaimed production of The Taming of the Shrew which toured the UK in early 2012. Lucy's other work includes: Uncle Vanya, Kingdom of Earth, Snake in the Grass, Fabrication (The Print Room), Macbeth, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, The Maid's Tragedy (Shakespeare's Globe), The Beggar's Opera (Open Air Theatre), The Night Season and Baby Doll (National Theatre), and Tonight at 8.30 and Stairs to the Roof (Chichester Festival). From 2007-12, Lucy was co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Print Room, a new theatre venue in Notting Hill.

Talking about the forthcoming production, Lucy Bailey said: “The Winter's Tale is set in a notional Sicilia and Bohemia. Most interpretations of the play revolve around the relationship of these two worlds. When I read the play, I had two strong instincts - that Sicilia and Bohemia were one and the same place, just two different modes of being, and that the "idyll" which is often understood to be Bohemia, is actually Sicilia. In our version which is set in the 1860's, the play begins in Sicilia, where Leontes and his court live a sheltered, beautiful dream of a life, bathed in endless sunshine, and completely removed from the real world of work and suffering. It is in essence an Ivory Tower. At the bottom of their tower, well beyond view, is Bohemia, where the working men and women, despite their struggle, make the most out of very little. We have tried to encapsulate this in our design for the play.”

Music for the production is composed by Jon Boden, lead singer and founder member of contemporary folk band, Bellowhead. Jon also performs with Spiers and Boden, and Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings.
The production is designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, and sound by David McSevney.

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For further information please contact:
Dean Asker, RSC Press Office
01789 412660, 0778 9937759

Notes to editors

The Winter's Tale performance dates

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

24 January – 23 February 2013
Box Office: 0844 800 1110

Milton Keynes Theatre
13 - 16 March 2013
Box Office 0844 871 7652 (Bkg fee)
Groups 01908 547609
Access 0844 871 7677 (Bkg fee)
Online www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes  (Bkg fee)

Grand Opera House, York
19 - 23 March 2013
Box Office: 0844 871 3024

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
26 - 30 March 2013
Box office: 0115 989 5555
On sale now.

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
2 - 6 April 2013
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
On sale: 19 November 2012

New Theatre, Hull
9 - 13 April 2013
Box Office: 01482 300300

Regent Theatre, Stoke
16 - 20 April 2013
Box Office: 0844 871 7649
On sale from early November 2012

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