The Winter's Tale

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Overview
The Winter's Tale: Perdita

This play has proved one of the most appealing of Shakespeare's late plays. It progresses from the rigor of Greek tragedy in the dooming of Hermione by her husband's manic jealousy, through a picturesque phase of pastoral recreation, to a near religious mood of resolution. Despite its remote settings in time and place, it has accommodated surpisingly modern resitings (see, for instance, RSC 1981 and RSC 1986). The appeal of its three principal female roles, Hermione and her daughter Perdita, with her defender Paulina, have offered effective roles to many distinguished actresses (see Hannah Pritchard, Ellen Terry, Ellen Kean, and Mary Anderson as Hermione, and Mary Anderson as Perdita), and Autolycus has proved an endearing rogue to generations of audiences (see John Fawcett in the role).

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Winter's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981
Winter's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986
Ellen Terry as Hermione in The Winter's Tale, V.iii.
The Winter's Tale, Charles Kean Company, 1856
The Winter's Tale, Ellen Terry as Hermione, 19th Century
The Winter's Tale, Mary Anderson as Perdita, 19th Century
The Winter's Tale, Mary Anderson as Hermione, 19th Century
The Winter's Tale, The Old Globe, 2005
The Winter's Tale: Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986
The Winter's Tale, IV.iv: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, 2005.
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Bibliography

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Draper, R. P. "The Winter's Tale": Text and Performance. London: Macmillan, 1985.

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The Winter's Tale at Talkin' Broadway.

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Except where otherwise specified, all written commentary is © 2016, Hugh Macrae Richmond