The Winter’s Tale – Press Release

“O, she’s warm!”

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale sizzles this summer

‘Exit, pursued by bear’. Quite possibly William Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction comes to life under the setting sun with the new season of Summer Shakespeare in Wellington.

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.

The season runs February 11 – 26; tickets on the door, or book through Downstage Theatre, (04) 801 6946, email

Director Lori Leigh brings together a cast of award-winning actors and future thespian stars from Victoria University of Wellington, Toi Whakaari and Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Shakespeare’s timeless play explores prophecies, romance, drama, comedy, and (of course) wild bears through the lens of rural New Zealand, bringing pastoral and theatrical magic to true blue ‘sheep country’ in this exciting new viewing of Shakespeare’s classic tale.

When the powerful king Leontes falls into a jealous and tyrannical fit, he loses everything that is important to him – his wife Queen Hermione and his best friend King Polixenes.

But can the power of love triumph over fear and loss to bring redemption and reconciliation?

Come delight the senses and indulge the summer wiles with Summer Shakespeare 2011 The Winter’s Tale. Picnics optional, but very recommended.

The Victoria University of Wellington Season of Summer Shakespeare 2011

The Winter’s Tale

Directed by Lori Leigh

11th – 26th February, 7pm (no show Mondays)

The Sound Shell, Wellington Botanic Garden

Tickets: $15 full, $10 concessions

Bookings: Downstage 04 801 6946 /

(door sales available)

Publicity contact:

Phil Reed, Message Traders Publicity Ph 04 385 3111 / 021 433 432


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