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Abbey Shakespeare Players 2010: The Winter's Tale

Exit, pursued by a bear
Stage direction, Act III Sc 3

A sad tale's best for winter: I have one
Of sprites and goblins.

Mamillius, Act II Sc 1

A friend suspected, a wife rejected, two children lost: King Leontes seems to have destroyed everything he loves through jealousy. But redemption awaits through the constancy of women and the simple goodness of a country shepherd and his son.

From the rigid codes of the Sicilian court to the bucolic joy of Bohemia, sunshine and shadow chase one another across the stage in Shakespeare's best-loved late romance.

Cast & Crew - Music Notes - Pictures by Stephen Whitehead - Pictures by Andy Reader - Backstage Life - Poster

What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief.

Paulina, Act III Sc 2

I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting--Hark you now!
Old Shepherd, Act III Sc 3

The Winter's Tale is the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 24th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and was directed by Abbey Wright.

8pm, Wednesday 4 August–Saturday 7 August 2010
Dydd Mercher 4 Awst–Dydd Sadwrn 7 Awst

Tickets 10 (8 concessions) in advance from Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan or on the door.

Box office: 01239 621200 or online at

Please dress warmly. This is an outdoor performance.

Proceeds from this production donated to Hanes Llandoch.

Director, Abbey Wright says:

The Winter's Tale is a play of two halves!
It opens in the grey, claustrophobic Sicilia and leaps to the festive wilds of Bohemia.
It is a study of the human mind, of its capacity for destruction and creativity.
It is an itinerant play which expresses what it is to travel and to look back.
I have always loved it as it encompasses the fear and thrill of life
- and in this tale, you get a second chance.
It is farcical, brilliant and humane and remains one of Shakespeare's greatest works.
Oh, and the only one with a bear.