The Winter’s Tale review – high drama from Soares and Calvert

Royal Opera House, London
Resonant performances ignite Christopher Wheeldon’s exploration of Shakespeare’s most puzzling tyrant

In Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale, King Leontes of Sicilia all but destroys his family as a consequence of his jealousy. Having persuaded himself that his wife, Hermione, is pregnant by another man, he sets in motion a train of events that will bring suffering and desolation to those closest to him. The play’s great unanswered question is why. Unlike Othello, Leontes has no Iago whispering in his ear. What causes him to tear his life apart?

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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