2011 The Winter’s Tale

The Sound Shell,
Wellington Botanic Garden

As the sun sets and the shadows lengthen,
another evening of Summer Shakespeare unfolds.
The Victoria University of Wellington’s 2011
season of Summer Shakespeare brings you
The Winter’s Tale, a tragicomedy embroidered
with romance and brought to life in Wellington’s
Botanic Garden.

When a powerful king falls in to a jealous and
tyrannical fit, he loses everything that is
important to him. But can the power of love
triumph over fear and loss to bring redemption
and reconciliation?

Directed by Lori Leigh and bringing together
a cast of students and graduates from Victoria
University of Wellington, Toi Whakaari, and
Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art,
this production explores Shakespeare’s timeless
play of prophecies, romance, drama, comedy,
and wild bears through the “here and now” of
rural New Zealand, bringing pastoral and
theatrical magic to true blue sheep country.
Come delight the senses and indulge the
summer wiles with Summer Shakespeare 2011
The Winter’s Tale. Picnics optional, but very
recommended.

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