The Winter's Tale Review RSC 2002
Written: William Shakespeare
Director: Matthew Warchus
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
Cast: Anastasia Hille (Hermione), Jude Akuwudike (Antigonus), Keith Bartlett (Old Shepherd), Dylan Charles (Young Shepherd), Felix Dexter (Autolycus), Gracy G. Goldman (Dorcas), Douglas Hodge (Leontes), Olwen May (Emilia), Brian Protheroe (Camillo), Sirine Saba (Mopsa), Rolf Saxon (Polixenes), Myrsa Lucretia Taylor (Paulina), James Telfer (Gaoler), Alan Turkington (Florizel), Lauren Ward (Perdita).
Synopsis: The story of King Leontes' obsessive jealousy and his subsequent grief dtricken mourning in the sterile court of Sicilia, is complemented by the rural idyll of Bohemia where Leontes' lost daughter grows up unaware of her true heritage.
**Cuttings from the popular press***
RHODA KOENIG for THE INDEPENDENT says, "I... was thrilled to bits by Matthew Warchus's production." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The whole thing feels inauthentic. Even more seriously, this is a play full of the most intricate, knotty, compacted language. But here you have a cast struggling not only with a variety of American accents but with a circular space and an unfamiliar acoustic. " IAN JOHNS for THE TIMES says, "Matthew Warchus’s staging is an audience-friendly, semi-promenade affair. And it wants to sound different, with a predominantly British cast speaking in American accents. Warchus has set the play in an America of the 1930s informed by the movies.... " NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Big, bold blast of a production....Its spectacular stagecraft and concept captivates." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It's fresh, intelligent, and cleverly aimed at young audiences without alienating old die-hards. The performance space in this marvellously atmospheric Victorian engine shed is stunning, with part of the audience promenading and the rest seated in steeply raked seats in a configuration resembling a bullring. The effect is intimate and epic."