28 February 2014 at 1.15pm | 2 Comments
The Winter's Tale might not be as familiar to non-Shakespeare buffs as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or Macbeth, but its strong narrative has drawn choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to adapt it into a ballet.
'It's a story of jealousy, comedy, great tragedy and redemption,' says Christopher.
'It's about sex, friendship, and a fall from grace - the darkness within that destroys the potential for a good life,' says Lucy. 'It's about class and the haves and the have-nots...It defies being put into one genre - it's a romance, a tragedy, a comedy, it's intensely poetic and spiritually enlightening. For me, that's why it's called a problem play but for me, it's not - it's one of Shakespeare's best.'
The story of The Winter's Tale follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation.
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The ballet is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Monument Trust. Generous support is also offered by Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, the Metherell Family, Lady Ashcroft, Celia Blakey, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, The Taylor Family Foundation, Mr and Mrs Edward Atkin CBE, Richard and Delia Baker, Kenneth and Susan Green, David Hancock, Randa Khoury, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Doug and Ceri King, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, The Winter’s Tale Production Syndicate and an anonymous donor.