The Winter's Tale

When jealousy tears a family apart, can love redeem all? Perhaps, when winter turns to spring.

Many years ago, in the grip of a jealous rage, King Leontes caused the death of his loyal wife Hermione and their young son. All seemed lost for him. But now, as spring blossoms, Leontes stands repentant before a statue of his queen, praying for a miracle of redemption.

A world premiere from ENO’s composer-in-residence Ryan Wigglesworth, The Winter’s Tale is a compelling new interpretation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation.

This new work will be directed by Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear, who brings his considerable Shakespearean experience (the National Theatre’s Hamlet and Iago) to the production.

The stellar cast includes three international singers whose careers were nurtured by ENO: Iain Paterson, Sophie Bevan and Leigh Melrose. They are joined by former ENO Harewood Artist Anthony Gregory and company favourite mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley. Ryan Wigglesworth also conducts.

Running Time
2hrs 25mins

Running time includes one interval of approximately 25 minutes.

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.

ENO offers half price tickets for children under 16. Please note that under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult and children under five will not be admitted.

Pre performance talk
8 Mar 2017
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

* ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.

New production supported by The Foyle Foundation, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts,  ENO Contemporary, The RVW Trust, a syndicate of donors and ENO Friends


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Creative Team

Ryan Wigglesworth


Rory Kinnear


Vicki Mortimer

Set Designer

Moritz Junge

Costume Designer

Jon Clark

Lighting Designer

Imogen Knight

Movement Director


Iain Paterson


Sophie Bevan


Samantha Price


Leigh Melrose


Anthony Gregory


Susan Bickley


Neal Davies


Timothy Robinson