Winter's coming... for St Albans theatre group

PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 July 2016

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

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It may be midsummer but Breakaway Theatre Company has chosen Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for its next production at the Inn on the Park in St Albans.

The Winter's TaleThe Winter's Tale

The amateur dramatics company is putting on its third open-air production at the cafe in Verulamium Park at 7.30pm from next Thursday, July 21, to Saturday, July 23, and again from July 28 to 30.

The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, follows the success of Breakaway’s former productions at the Inn on the Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night. The company also put on Merry Regiment of Women as its contribution to the St Albans Shakespeare Festival which ran until May.

Jill Davies, director of The Winter’s Tale, said it had always been one of her favourite Shakespeare plays.

She went on: “Many people have said to me that they don’t know the play and so I am delighted to have this opportunity to direct it for Breakaway as I want a wider audience to enjoy it too. I’m especially excited to be doing it in a year when we’ve been celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare’s life and work.

“Written around 1609 towards the end of Shakespeare’s life, The Winter’s Tale has elements of both tragedy and comedy. It is a human story of the terrible consequences of jealousy and a love which survives this. The play contains drama, humour and romance - and the most famous stage direction ever: ‘Exit pursued by a bear’.”

Tickets are £12 with £10 concessions. More information can be found here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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