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A Winter's Tale: A Fresh New Take on Shakespeare's Classic


 ‘In this tale, we see the potential young people have to change the world’ Director, Bronagh Lagan

A Winter’s Tale, playing at Rose Theatre Kingston from Aug 30 – 2 Sep, is a brand new musical fusing the essence of the Shakespearean classic with the genius of writer Nick Stimson, and composer Howard Goodall CBE.

What is A Winter’s Tale About?

This production breathes new life into what we think we know about Shakespeare’s original play. Music, by Emmy, BRIT and BAFTA award winning composer, Howard Goodall CBE, adds a whole new layer of emotion as it shifts the tone from dark, brooding passions, to sunshine and redemption.

This musical re-imagining of the play plots the tale of a despotic ruler’s jealousy spiralling dangerously out of control, of it consequences and betrayals but also, ultimately, of love, loyalty and redemption.  A Winter’s Tale is a celebration of young people and how they may repair the damage of the broken world they inherit.  It bursts with humour and song and, after some anger and turmoil, basks in the golden sun of a summer shore.

The Creatives speak ahead of the production saying…

"I am absolutely thrilled that YMT UK are bringing A Winter's Tale to The Rose Theatre Kingston (my local theatre). This story about the redemptive power of young people could not be more relevant to the world of 2018. Spoiler: Love Wins!"  -Howard Goodall CBE, Composer

“Really looking forward to making a start on Howard Goodall's epic score with this fabulous cast and creative team, it’s going to be a terrific piece of theatre.” -Greg Arrowsmith, Musical Director

We also caught up with some of the incredibly talented Cast members…

“It’s brilliant to be performing in a musical combining Shakespeare and Howard Goodall! The show is going to be fantastic, I can’t wait to get stuck into rehearsals!” -Rory M.

“Really looking forward to an amazing production with YMT and some amazingly talented people. I’m excited to be working with such a fantastic cast and creative team who have a wonderful vision for A Winter’s Tale” -Victoria S.

Casting Week…

The cast and creatives are ahead of the game and have already begun working on the production during casting week!  We have some fantastic photos and an epic trailer that gives you an idea of what this show is going to be all about!

Watch the trailer HERE!

Get your tickets to see this brilliant NEW musical HERE! It's not to be missed!