The Winter's Tale


Shakespeare's tale of reconciliation and foregiveness was originally published in the First Folio of 1623.

Leontes has everything a man could want: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But jealousy causes him to break up his happy family, leading to years of guilt. Finally he pays his debts and can be reconciled with his loving wife, Hermione.

The Winter's Tale is often considered one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays' because it combines elements of comedy and tragedy. The first three acts are full of psychological drama, while the final two acts are full of comedy, leading to a happy ending.

Read the story of The Winter's Tale.

History of the play
Details on the date and source of Shakespeare's play.

Production history in pictures
See pictures from more than a century of past productions.

David Farr's 2009 production
Photos and videos from this production that transferred to New York.

Lucy Bailey's 2013 production
See production photos, watch videos including cast interviews and a scene from the show, listen to music from the production and much more.

Photo: Tara Fitzgerald as Hermione in Lucy Bailey's 2013 production, by Sheila Burnett.

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