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Colchester: Winter’s Tale

The Mercury Theatre Company kicks off its autumn season in Colchester with The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s tale of love and betrayal, from Friday 23 September to Saturday 8 October.

Skirting the boundaries of tragedy and comedy this play delivers one of the Bard’s most magical, mysterious and ultimately heart-warming plays: King Leontes’ suspicions of his wife Hermione’s infidelity lead him to tear his family apart, imprisoning her and leaving their newly born girl abandoned to the elements. Sixteen years later, the scandalous marriage of a Prince to a shepherd’s daughter offers him the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.

Mercury Associate Director, Sue Lefton (Nora, Death of A Salesman, Our Country’s Good), returns to direct a large cast of Company actors including Ignatius Anthony, Pete Ashmore, Kate Copeland, Ben Livingstone, Nadia Morgan, Thomas Richardson, Shuna Snow, Adrian Stokes, David Tarkenter, Tim Treslove and Emily Woodward.

Supporting the cast is the Mercury Theatre’s Community Acting Company, which has played a huge role in creating spectacular productions including DEPOT, The Grapes of Wrath and A View from the Bridge. Twenty-eight actors from the local community will join the Mercury Company on stage for another epic-proportioned play on the main stage featuring live musicians, singing, dancing and sheep-shearing!

Company actor Ben Livingstone (Habeas Corpus, Nora) doubles up as the Musical Director and has created an original score that reflects both the splendid veneer of the kingdom in Sicilia and the rugged country setting in Bohemia. Previous Musical Director credits include, for the Royal Shakespeare Company; A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Dybbuk, Easter, Everyman, The Mysteries, Creation and Passion.

Tickets priced £8.90 – £20.40 are available from the Box Office on 01206 573948 or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Book for the Company’s next production Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the same time and save 10%

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