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The Winter's Tale (1981)

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events ... See full summary »

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Archidamus
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Camillo
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Polixenes
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Leontes
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Hermione
Jeremy Dimmick ...
Mamillius
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Emilia
Susan Brodrick ...
Lady to Hermione
Leonard Kavanagh ...
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Lord to Leontes
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Antigonus
William Relton ...
Lord to Leontes
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Paulina
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Gaoler
Cornelius Garrett ...
Servant to Leontes
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King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life. Written by Kathy Li

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8 June 1981 (USA)  »

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale  »

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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Well acted and scholarly adaptation of "A Winter's Tale"
30 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

When watching this screen adaptation of "A Winter's Tale," one must first keep in mind that this is a BBC production and an ensemble cast of actors. This is not Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet and should not be confused as such. That aside, it is one of the better Shakespeare plays produced and is what a real Elizabethan citizen might have seen in their time. There is no pop and circumstance to detract from the text of the play. The scenes are well acted and beautifully played out by some of the best ensemble Shakespearean actors to ever cross the stage.

Jeremy Kempt gives a wonderful portrayal of the tormented King Leontes and is well supported by David Burke as Camillo. Hermione is given a delicate sense of nobility by Anna Calder-Marshall and brings the grounding feminine presence to the play. Not to be overlooked is Margaret Tyzach who plays the proud and noble Paulina who defends Hermione in her darkest days. The only two lacking performances were those of Perdita and Florizel played by Debbie Farrington and Robert Kermode respectively, although I blame their bland performances on being young and inexperienced.


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