Tuesday July 14 – Saturday July 18, 2009 & Tuesday July 21 – Saturday July 25, 2009
(no performances Sunday July 19 and Monday July 20)
Venue: The Leper Chapel, Barnwell Junction, Newmarket Road, Cambridge
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
After the sell-out success of 2008, in situ:’s entertaining and innovative production of Shakespeare’s mysterious late masterpiece returns to the Leper Chapel.
Leontes, King of Sicilia, becomes possessed by a motiveless and terrifying jealousy. It engulfs his kingdom and family, leaving his wife and son dead and his baby daughter cast out.
Sixteen years pass. Winter turns to Summer. Tragedy turns to Comedy.
The Cambridge Leper Chapel provides a wonderful setting for this drama of changing fortunes and seasons, moving from the stark 12th Century interior – the Winter Palace of the jealous king – to the beautiful wooded surroundings, site of the ancient Stourbridge Fair and ideal for the play’s sudden leap into the world of Bohemia, an anarchic world of fun, fairs, song-and-dance routines, romantic liaisons and bears that eat people.
in situ:’s adventurous use of site and space, together with a strong ensemble of performers, sheds a new light on one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.
NB: There is no parking at the Chapel – parking is available on nearby streets. There are no loos and access is difficult for less-abled people.