A PROPELLER PRODUCTION
Propeller: The Winter's Tale
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by EDWARD HALL
Running time: 2hrs 45 mins including 20 minute interval
£15 - £29 (See ticket information)
3 - 21 Jul 2012
£15 - £29
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
Hampstead Theatre is delighted to welcome back Propeller after their sell-out success with The Comedy of Errors and Richard III last summer.
Led by Director Edward Hall, internationally acclaimed all-male company, Propeller is renowned for combining a rigorous approach to the text with an exciting, physical aesthetic. Propeller engages its audience’s imagination and brings fresh understanding to classic plays. It’s Shakespeare rediscovered.
The Winter’s Tale tells the mysterious, extraordinary, tragic story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself. Wracked with guilt, Leontes sets off a chain reaction of events that leads to a miraculous climax and the chance of redemption. The greatest playwright writing at the height of his powers, this is poetry in motion. This is a re-visiting of Propeller’s highly-acclaimed 2005 production.
The Winter’s Tale is the polar opposite in mood [to Henry V]; a play about a Sicilian king, Leontes, who loses his family and his mind after becoming convinced of his wife’s adultery. Hall makes Leontes’s dead son Mamillius the emotional – and mysterious – heart of the matter, using his toys to tell part of the story in a way that poetically casts the play as an elegy to lost childhood.
The middle, slightly tiresome act, set in a fantastical Bohemia, provides a blast of pure Propeller – replete with singing sheep and Autolycus as a shady, decaying glam rocker.
The wintry temperature is beautifully restored in the final scene, however, with a twist that icily refuses the possibility of redemption.
Claire Allfree, 10 July, 2012
‘The bravura shift in mood from the Deco elegance of the Sicilian court to the Day-Glo madness of Bohemia 16 years later is superbly handled, and includes some terrific dance routines’
Neil Norman, 25 March, 2012
‘I simply report that it excellently hits all the play’s notes of royal and domestic tragedy, rustic comedy and sentimental wonderment’
Dominic Maxwell, 25 March, 2012
‘…it glories in a wonderfully louche performance from Tony Bell, who plays Autolycus as an ageing rock god…’
Alfred Hickling, 25 March, 2012
EDWARD HALL AND ROGER WARREN
Henry V and The Winter’s Tale Review By Claire Allfree, Metro
Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company, which mixes a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic.
Full price: £29
Mondays / previews: £22
Senior concessions: £15 (Saturday matinees only)
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 14 July 2pm, with a touch tour at 12.30pm
Captioned Performance: Friday 13 July 7.30pm, with transcribed post-show discussion