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Closed January 16, 2016

Kenneth Branagh teams up with Dame Judy Dench in this much anticipated revival

Why See The Winter's Tale?

Kenneth Branagh takes over the Garrick Theatre!

The Garrick Theatre will be presenting Shakespeare's "problem play" The Winter's Tale, directed by Branagh and his new theatre company. One of five plays spearheaded by the esteemed actor/director following Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer, The Winter's Tale will star Branagh, the legendary Dame Judi Dench, and John Dagleish of Sunny Afternoon fame.


A tale of jealousy, betrayal and ultimate redemption, The Winter's Tale follows the fortunes of King Leontes of Sicilia and his childhood friend, the Bohemian king Polixenes. Leontes is possessed by a sudden jealousy that Polixenes has seduced his wife Hermione, and suspects that her unborn baby isn't his. Consumed by fury, he orders his manservant Camillo to poison Polixenes; instead, he warns the king, and the two flee. Meanwhile, Hermione is thrown into prison under her husband's suspicion of treason.

When the baby arrives, Leontes' heart fails to soften, and orders his newborn daughter to be abandoned to the Fates. Sixteen long years pass and the baby Perdita is raised by a kindly shepherd. Leontes learns from the Delphi Oracle that his wife was innocent and that the baby was his; he mourns his stupidity and tries to make amends for his evil. But in a twist of fate, he is reunited with his long-lost daughter, and finally receives the deliverance he has been looking for.

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Previews from: 17 October 2015

Opening night: 12 November 2015


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Three hours including one interval

Cast and Creative


Kenneth Branagh as Leontes
Judi Dench as Paulina
Miranda Raison as Hermione
Michael Pennington as Antigonus
John Shrapnel as Camillo
Hadley Fraser as Polixenes
Jessie Buckley as Perdita
Tom Bateman as Florizel
John Dagleish as Autolycus
Zoe Rainey as Emili
Pierre Atri/Rudi Goodman as Mamillus
Jaygann Ayeh as Archidamus
Tom Bateman as Florizel
Jack Colgrave Hirst as Clown
John Dagleish as Autolycus
Adam Garcia as Lord Amadis
Matthew Hawksley as Aegeum
Taylor James as Capnio
Pip Jordan as Shepherdess
Ansu Kabia as Cleomenes
Stuart Neal as Dion
Michael Rouse as Gaoler
Kathryn Wilder as Mopsa
Jimmy Yuill as The Shepherd


Directed by Kenneth Branagh & Rob Ashford
Set & Costume Design by Christopher Oram
Lighting Design by Neil Austin
Sound Design by Christopher Shutt
Composition & Music by Patrick Doyle
Projection Design by Jon Driscoll
Wigs, Hair & Make Up Consultant by Carol Hemming

What we thought

DELIGHTFUL intimate Exceptional

This all-star-cast - and that title extends to every member of the company - are just exceptional in this three act play that leaps between tragedy, comedy and romance.

Dame Judy sparkles and fizzes her way through with a presence that makes everyone sit up and listen, players and audience alike.

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Josephine Knight

Josephine Knight

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