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 imagined 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 was directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman. It was reimagined for the screen and broadcast on BBC Four in April 2021.


Alice Blundell - Dorcas
Ben Caplan - Camillo
Alfred Clay - Archidamus
Andrew French - Polixenes
Colm Gormley - Antigonus
William Grint - Young Shepherd
Amanda Hadingue - Paulina
Vicky Hall - Mopsa
Kemi-Bo Jacobs - Hermione
Avita Jay - Cleomines
Joseph Kloska - Leontes
Zoe Lambert - Shepherdess
Georgia Landers - Perdita
Mogali Masuku - Dion
Dyfrig Morris - Mariner
Baker Mukasa - Lord
Anne Odeke - Autolycus
Bea Webster - Emilia
Assad Zaman - Florizel


Director Erica Whyman | Set Designer Tom Piper | Costume Designer Madeleine Girling | Lighting Prema Mehta | Music Isobel Waller-Bridge | Sound Jeremy Dunn | Movement Anna Morrissey | Fights Kate Waters


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We worked 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 you from the 1960s to the present day.
Discover our stories on Google Arts & Culture.

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