WINNER: BEST NEW MUSICAL in the OffWestEnd Awards 2012.
A Winter’s Tale is inspired by The Winter’s Tale, although not a direct adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s last and most experimental plays, it explores two very different lands that one day must conquer their differences through the universal themes of love, understanding and truth. This world premiere features a powerful and evocative new score and lyrics from Howard Goodall (Love Story, Girlfriends, The Hired Man), with a clever, deeply touching and often humorous book by Nick Stimson (NHS The Musical, Who Ate All The Pies, Korczak) and Andrew Keates, who has developed and will be directing this brand new show (director of the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed production of The Hired Man last year as well as Passing By, The Thing About Men, Bent, Just So).
The show will tell this epic story in the intimate environment of the Landor Theatre, where for the past few years this small theatre has garnered a reputation for undertaking these kinds of challenges better than any other. Anyone will understand this chilly tale who has ever been jealous, fallen in love or simply wanted to undo a mistake. For the first time ever the story of The Winter’s Tale will be told simply through musical theatre for a modern audience. Inspired by Britain’s greatest writer and coupled with one of our greatest composers; It is almost certainly set to be the most eagerly anticipated piece of new British musical theatre in London this year.
The production team features distinguished creatives such as George Dyer as musical supervisor/director (Merrily We Roll Along, Annie, Ragtime), musical staging by Cressida Carré (The Hired Man, Burlesque, Spring Awakening), Martin Thomas as designer (Curtains, Ragtime, Guys and Dolls), multi-award-winning lighting designer Howard Hudson (Mack and Mabel, Parade, The Hired Man), Sarah Weltman as sound designer (The Hired Man, The Damnation of Faust, Idemoneo), and costume designer Philippa Batt (Passing By, Soho Cinders).
A Winter’s Tale plays for only four weeks in London’s Landor Theatre. Tickets are extremely limited for this strictly limited run. Pre-booking is strongly advised through the Landor Theatre’s website. Special student tickets, concessions and group bookings are available, please telephone the Landor’s box office for more information.
Leontes: Pete Gallagher. Polixines: Alastair Brookshaw. Ekatarina: Helen Power
Paulina: Helena Blackman. Camillo: Christopher Blades. Antigonus: Ross Barnes
Mamillius: David Brewis. Emilia: Catherine Mort. Florizel: Fra Fee
Perdita: Abigail Matthews. Zeki: Gareth James Healey. Melik: Denis Delahunt
Rob: Ciaran Joyce. Gaoler: Matthew Rochait. Mopsa: Lauren McGloan
Dorcas: Rachael-Louise Miller. Cleomenes: Raymond Walsh. Prosecutor: Joe McCourt
Directed by Andrew Keates
Musical Director & Supervisor: George Dyer. Musical Staging: Cressida Carré.
Designer: Martin Thomas. Costume Designer: Philippa Batt.
Lighting Designer: Howard Hudson. Sound Designer: Sarah Weltman
Stage Manager: Will Mauchline.
All photographs by Scott Rylander
“director Andrew Keates has again marshalled an impressively large cast”
“The musical – and Andrew Keates’ elegantly focused staging of it – cast a warm glow over a chilly play”
Mark Shenton, The Stage
“The performances are universally excellent”
“a beautiful production, bursting with great songs and pitch perfect performances.”
“Aided by memorable songs and note-perfect live musicians, it’s a show that boasts considerable talent in every department.”
★★★★★ Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus
“‘the perfect show to watch during the cold dark evenings.”
“Gorgeous. Five stars (bordering on five and a half). Don’t miss this one. Whatever you do, get over to the Landor Theatre and watch this phenomenal new production.”
★★★★★ Fiona Lister, Mellow Day London
“A Winter’s Tale is such a relief in a year (so far) of poor new musical theatre”
“it’s a big, baggy, seductive collection of marches and ballads, complex chorales and interwoven musical lines”
★★★★ Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage
“A perfect winter’s tale to brighten up a winter’s evening!”
“inspiring and uplifting”
“a really enjoyable evening’s entertainment”
★★★★ Steve Subbs, BackstagePass.biz
“Goodall’s quintessentially English sound resonates throughout the production and the care that he has lavished on composing this work is evident.”
“Andrew Keates has attracted a cast and creative team of the highest standard to deliver this professional world premiere.”
“It’s impressive on the eye, symphonic on the ear and proves that Goodall remains one of Britain’s leading composers.”
★★★★ Jonathan Baz, The Public Reviews
“The Landor scores again”
“Developed and directed by the creative force that is Andrew Keates”
“this is inspiring new musical theatre writing, it is also British and there is everything to celebrate about it.”
“When the world is full of such limited musicals with little integrity, this is uplifting new writing full of emotion and power, telling an age old story which speaks on many different levels, a wonderful tonic given the current climate. Get a ticket quickly as they will be hot property from now on.”
★★★★ Petra Schofield, Remotegoat
“the talent of the cast and complexity of the music and lyrics are captivating”
“a bold, stylish version of The Winter’s Tale”
“A must-hear for fans of Goodall’s musical theatre”
Lucy Thackray, Broadway World
“Goodall’s score is remarkable; he has a masterful command of harmony and remains lyrically bold.”
★★★★ Edward Theakston, Fourthwall Magazine
“this brilliant adaptation showcases the best of British musical talent perfectly; from the institution that is Goodall, to the ever-exciting work of Keates, and the brilliant diversity currently performing on the UK stage”
“‘Goodall’s staggering ability to capture raw emotion in his music makes an impressive stand in this latest work playing at the wonderfully intimate Landor… Goodall grabs the driving emotions behind Shakespeare’s difficult original by the jugulars and brings them to the forefront. Gone are stylised performances of the beautiful language, and in are the raw passions at the core of the story, something Andrew Keates’ assured direction brings quivering to the electric yet understated action on stage”
★★★★ Melissa Rynn, StageWon
“The last time I reviewed a production where Keates directed Goodall—The Hired Man—I said “Now is the time to get to the Landor” and I think the same thing now. Andrew Keates has found another excellent cast, in first class vocal form under the musical direction of George Dyer, that gives Goodall’s romantic score and rich harmonies full reign.”
“performances full of conviction in this must–see production.”
Sandra Giorgetti, British Theatre Guide
“The large cast is universally strong”
“the perfect way to warm up a winter evening”
“a work of two halves, though together they add up to a satisfying and heart-warming whole”
Tracy Sinclair, Exeunt Magazine
“The production values are outstanding”
“For once, I am not going to single out one performance in this faultless cast of 18; no-one stands out because everyone stands out.”
“I’ve been a bit over-excited about this premiere, so there was a risk I’d be disappointed. In the end, it delivered way beyond my expectations and I’ve already booked to go again. Howard Goodall is Britain’s greatest composer of musicals and here he’s got a production this wonderful show deserves. I’ve run out of superlatives……..you should know by now what you have to do…”
Gareth James, Gareth’s Cultural and Travel Blog