Production history in pictures

  • 1903

    This production, in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, was directed by FR Benson, who also played the role of Leontes (pictured).

    Photo by Ellis and Walery. Reproduced with permission of SBT.

  • 1931

    This production of The Winter's Tale, directed by William Bridges-Adams, opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1931, before embarking on a transatlantic tour with several other productions.

    It crossed America from Boston and Washington DC to Los Angeles and San Francisco, before moving north to venues across Canada, including Seattle, Vancouver and Toronto.

    Pictured are Gyles Isham as Florizel and Hilda Coyhead as Perdita.

    Photo by Claude Harris. Reproduced with permission of SBT.

  • 1937

    This production was directed by Ben Iden Payne. The photo shows Donald Wolfit as Autolycus.

    Photo by 'Anthony'. Reproduced with permission of SBT.

  • 1943

    Anna Konstam as Hermione in a wartime production, directed by Dorothy Green.

    Photo reproduced with permission of SBT.

  • 1948

    The 1948 production was directed by Anthony Quayle and designed by Motley. The Old Shepherd (John Kidd, left) and his son, the Clown (Paul Scofield, right), in Act 4, Scene 4.

    Photo by Angus McBean.

  • 1960

    Peter Wood directed the 1960 production of The Winter's Tale, designed by Jaques Noel.

    The photo shows Hermione returning to life in Act 5, Scene 3. From left to right are, Hermione (Elizabeth Sellars), Paulina (Peggy Ashcroft), Polixenes (Patrick Allen), Leontes (Eric Porter), Florizel (Dinsdale Landen), Camillo (Paul Hardwick) and Perdita (Susan Maryott).

    Photo by Angus McBean.

  • 1969

    Trevor Nunn's 1969 production of The Winter's Tale was designed by Christopher Morley and featured Judi Dench as Hermione. Photo shows Act 2, Scene 1 with Hermione (Judi Dench), Mamillius (Sam Rich, centre) and Leontes (Barrie Ingham).

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1976

    Ian McKellen as Leontes in the 1976 production, directed by John Barton with Trevor Nunn, and designed by Di Seymour.

    Photo by Joe Cocks. reproduced with permission of SBT.

  • 1981

    The 1981 production of The Winter's Tale, featured Patrick Stewart as Leontes. It was directed by Ronald Eyre, designed by Chris Dyer.

    The photo shows the sheep-shearing dance with, from left to right, Hugh Quarshie, Colin Tarrant, Christopher Hurst and John McAndrew.

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1986

    Jeremy Irons appeared in the 1986 production, directed by Terry Hands. The set was designed by Gerard Howland and costumes by Alexander Reid. Photo shows Paulina (Gillian Barge) and Leontes (Jeremy Irons) in Act 3, Scene 2.

    Photo by Joe Cocks. Reproduced with permission of SBT.


  • 1992

    The Winter's Tale directed by Adrian Noble and designed by Anthony Ward. Autolycus (Richard McCabe) in Act 4, Scene 3.

    Photo by Joe Cocks. Reproduced with permission of SBT.

  • 1999

    This production of The Winter's Tale was directed by Gregory Doran and designed by Robert Jones.
    Photo shows Paulina (Estelle Kohler) and Leontes (Antony Sher) in Act 3, Scene 2.

    Photo by Bob Collier.

  • 2006

    Nyasha Hatendi in the 2006 production, directed by Dominic Cooke and designed by Mike Britton. It played at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of the Complete Works Festival.

    Photo by Keith Pattison.

  • 2009

    This production played at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, then transferred to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    It was directed by David Farr, designed by Jon Bausor, with lighting designed by Jon Clark, with Leontes played by Grey Hicks.

    The photo shows the bear, made from pages of paper.

    Photo by Alessandro Evangelista.

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