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Winter’s Tale, The

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1986 production of The Winter’s Tale. Directed by Terry Hands with Penny Downie as Hermione/Perdita and Jeremy Irons as Leontes.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
10 Dec 1986
Duration
170 mins

Credits

Director
Terry Hands
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nigel Hess
Production Design
Gerard Howland
Costume
Alexander Reid
Cast
Jeremy IronsLeontes, King of Sicily
Penny DownieHermione
Penny DowniePerdita
Gillian BargePaulina
Joe MeliaAutolycus
Bernard HorsfallOld Shepherd
Brian LawsonGentleman
Caroline JohnsonDorcas
Caroline JohnsonLady
Cornelia HayesMopsa
Cornelia HayesLady
Eileen PageEmilia
Gary LovePastoral/Servant
Henry GoodmanServant
Henry GoodmanTime, as Chorus
Mark LindleyPastoral/Officer
Martin HicksMamillius
Nathaniel ParkerFlorizel
Patrick RobinsonPastoral/Servant
Paul GreenwoodPolixenes
Raymond BowersAntigonus
Richard EastonCamillo
Richard ParryMamillius
Roger MossPastoral/Servant
Roger WatkinsMariner
Sam IronsMamillius
Sean O’CallaghanDion
Simon Russell BealeYoung Shepherd (Clown)
Stanley DawsonCleomenes
Stanley DawsonArchidamus
Susie FairfaxLady

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
Winter’s Tale, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles

Notes

Notes
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General
Extract from an interview with Irons given to the Academy of Achievement in October 2000 `...I opened with Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, who has to be one of Shakespeare’s hardest, I think. I always feel that he said to Burbage after he played Othello, "Right, you’ve done jealousy. Now I’m going to give you jealousy with no reason. Just play it. Come on, play it." And I’d been off filming maybe for too long and I came back and I didn’t have the wherewithal to embrace him in time for the critics. So I got pretty mauled doing that. And I thought, "Well, great, I’ve got time to learn."
History
Press night 20 April 1986
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Tatspaugh, Patricia E. The Winter’s Tale. (Shakespeare at Stratford series). London: Arden Shakespeare in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 2002. Studies the directing, staging, designing, and acting of The Winter’s Tale in Royal Shakespeare Company productions directed by Anthony Quayle, Peter Wood, Trevor Nunn, John Barton and Trevor Nunn, Ronald Eyre, Adrian Noble, Terry Hands, and Gregory Doran

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Birthplace Collections

Email
collections@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/collections/ External site opens in new window
Address
Shakespeare Centre
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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