After unsuccessful attempts to persuade his childhood friend, King Polixenes, to stay longer in his kingdom, Leontes sends his queen, Hermione, to convince him. Shocked to discover she easily persuaded him with just 3 sentences, Leontes suspects his pregnant wife of having committed adultery with Polixenes in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
In events that lead to confusion, betrayal and death, the Shakespearean play unfolds as a magical testament to to the follies of hasty judgment, cleverly showcasing the force of love as a means of reconciliation.
The production is part of an initiative known as The Bridge Project, which is a partnership between the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London’s Old Vic Theatre, and Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes.
Mendes marshalls a stellar cast, which includes American heartthrob actor Ethan Hawke (Fast Food Nation), for 8 performances in Singapore – the only Asian stop in the company’s 2009 world tour.
Dates: Mar 26 – Mar 31
Time: 8pm, Sat, Sun, and Tue (which also has a 3pm matinee)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Prices: $40, $50, $70, $90, $120, $150, $175 (Tue 3pm matinee show)
$65, $85, $120, $160, $200, $250, $300 (Tue-Thu 8pm shows, Sat & Sun 3pm matinee shows)
$70, $100, $135, $185, $225, $275, $325 (Fri-Sat 8pm shows)
Text by Chrystal Chua