A Winter’s Tale – “A psychothriller with a happy end” is the subtitle of this production of one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works. The action begins in Sicily, in the court of King Leontes, who is jealous of his wife Hermione and accuses her of being unfaithful with his friend, the Bohemian king Polixenes. Leontes has Hermione thrown into jail and wants to have her daughter killed, not believing her to be his own. The story reaches its end years later, when the adult children of two royal fathers, Florizel and Perdita are married, ending Shakespeare’s romance. This complicate love story is one of the few Shakespeare plays not to be too overburdened by previous stage approaches, and so it can be worked with relatively freely without the danger of comparisons and binding interpretations. This unusual choice for the repertoire of the Dejvické divadlo features the acting company’s legendarily good group work, which allows both the comic and the quieter passages of this tragicomedy to shine, as well as the understated acting style, the melancholy lyricism of the set and the art of building up grotesque situations.
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