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Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?

The Winter's Tale has been reimagined for the screen and will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 25 April at 7pm, with a BSL-interpreted broadcast on Thursday 29 April at 1.10am. Both versions will then be available through BBC iPlayer.

Subscribers, Members and Patrons based outside the UK can stream the production for free for 24 hours from 9pm BST on Sunday 25 April and 6pm BST on Saturday 8 May. Book your ticket by contacting

King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late? 
Set across a 16-year span from the 1953 coronation to the moon landings, this production imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore. 

The Winter’s Tale is directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.

The RSC has been working with Google Arts & Culture to create a series of online stories framing our history with the play The Winter’s Tale. Using multimedia content from our archives these stories give a unique insight into the RSC and our Winter’s Tale productions, taking the viewer from the 1960s to the present day.

You can discover our stories on the Google Arts & Culture website.

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The Winter’s Tale is supported by RSC Production Circle members Mark Thompson and Jane Blumberg-Thompson