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Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale (2015)

A jealous King jeopardizes his family, friendships, and succession.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miranda Raison ... Hermione
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaygann Ayeh ... Archidamus
Tom Bateman ... Florizel
Kenneth Branagh ... Leontes
Jessie Buckley ... Perdita
Vera Chok ... Dorcas
Jack Colgrave Hirst ... The Clown
John Dagleish ... Autolycus
Judi Dench ... Paulina
Hadley Fraser ... Polixenes
Adam Garcia ... Lord Amadis
Matthew Hawksley Matthew Hawksley ... Ageum
Taylor James ... Capino
David Jones Jr. ... Young Shakespeare
Stuart Neal Stuart Neal ... Dion
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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.

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30 November 2015 (UK) See more »

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Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's the Winter's Tale See more »

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"The Winter's Tale" was the penultimate play that William Shakespeare wrote, the last being "The Tempest". See more »

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Version of The Winter's Tale (1962) See more »

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5 stars
30 November 2015 | by LilibetpSee all my reviews

Judi Dench was terrific, as were actors in some of the smaller roles. Branagh must stop directing himself - he has no objectivity where his own acting is concerned. Hermione sounded like she was just reciting her lines - the Emilia was much more memorable in three lines.

Lighting might have been okay for stage, but for film it was woefully inadequate - when there was enough light to see the actors, there were shadows cast on the scrim. Costumes were mediocre and Beyonce's folding fake baby bump was more realistic-looking than Hermione's. Ancient Sicily updated to early 20th century didn't really work and the combination of the German Christmas tree and discussions of the Oracle of Delphi was a little jarring.

I really, really wanted to enjoy this production but there were just too many problems.


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