Photos courtesy of Mark Garvin Photography
People’s Light & Theatre invites young and old alike to escape the chill of the season, grab a cup of hot cider, and gather to experience a story full of wonder that is “best for winter” as it presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale running Thursday, January 31st through Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 on the Main Stage. Guy Hollands directs.
For this production, internationally acclaimed director Guy Hollands imagines a traveling community of artisans and musicians that have journeyed to Malvern to perform Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal, forgiveness, and renewal as part of a festival event that celebrates the seasonal turn from winter to spring.
The Winter’s Tale is a story full of passion, friendship, jealousy, untimely death, adventures, shipwrecks, bear attacks, disguises, young lovers, tricksters, clowns, and miraculous events of renewal and rebirth. Written towards the end of Shakespeare’s career, it contains elements found in the best of his tragedies – a jealous king rages when he suspects his wife of infidelity, tyranny tears a court and family apart, and the untimely death of a beloved child causes an anguish that brings a certain clarity to what is important in life. But unlike Othello or King Lear, Shakespeare turns this dark and cold tale towards spring and offers us joy, music, dance, reconciliation, restoration, and forgiveness that begin at a seasonal festival. It is this celebration of nature’s turn to spring, echoed in character journeys and the narrative of Shakespeare’s play, which inspired Holland’s production vision.
The Winter’s Tale previews on Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 pm and Friday, February 1 at 8 pm. The play opens on Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm and runs through March 3. Audiences are encouraged to join the artists for a conversation about the production after the Thursday performances on February 14th, 21st, and 28th.
People’s Light continues its program called Scoop on Sundays: History, Context, and Gossip, a lively discussion before every Sunday 7 pm performance. An artist will discuss the world of the play, how and why it was chosen, as well as how it was cast, designed, and rehearsed. The program begins at 5:30 in The Farmhouse Bistro. Cost of $15 includes light fare. Call the Box Office at 610-644-3500 or visit peopleslight.org to reserve.
Single tickets: $25-$45. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610.644.3500. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase group tickets, call 610.647.1900 x134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
People’s Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. For tickets call 610.644.3500 or visit peopleslight.org.