Bard’s classic tale at the Guildhall

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Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company will return with their latest production, to be performed from March 12-16.

The Winter’s Tale is being staged at The Guildhall Theatre in Derby.

The title says it all. This is a story that could be told by a fireside on a winter night and is a play that cannot fail to hold the attention of the audience members.

After the highly dramatic opening sections of the play, there is then a light-hearted central section, provided by an old shepherd, his son and a crooked pedlar called Autolycus.

After this, there is happiness, drama and some surprises before the story’s conclusion.

Directing the play is Chris Scott. There is live music with songs composed by Angus McLeod and other music specially arranged by Mat Shepherd. The cast comprises a mix of recognisable and less familiar actos from the company.

Leontes is played by Richard Davy with Niki Caister as Hermione and Caroline McLeod as Paulina. The young lovers are played Hope Ward-Brown and Harry Gibson while the humour is in the hands of James Freeman (Autolycus), Neil Scott as Clown, and Eddy Chambers as his father.

Dances have been choreographed by Steph Kimber and Grace Griffiths.

Performances start at 7.30pm nightly.

Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8, £7 each for school parties or ten or more).

They are available by calling the box office on 01332 255800.