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The Winter’s Tale

Visiting Company



Cheek by Jowl tackle the countless hairpin turns from violence to farce, through multiple countries and over the course of 16 years in a fiercely contemporary production.

Sculptures breathe and kings weep in the Bard’s late masterpiece of wit and wisdom, The Winter’s Tale.

When King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity, he throws her in prison and initiates a chain of events that destroys his once-happy family. Fundamental questions about redemption and forgiveness are tackled in this tour-de-force interpretation, testing the limits of hope and humanity.

Playing at the Citizens Theatre for the first time, Cheek by Jowl is one of the world’s leading theatre companies and a regular on the global festival circuit. Their production of The Winter’s Tale has received rave reviews during its European tour.

A Cheek by Jowl production

Main Theatre

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Cast & Creative team >

Creative Team
Director - Declan Donnellan
Designer - Nick Ormerod
Lighting Designer - Judith Greenwood
Composer and Sound Designer - Paddy Cunneen
Associate and Movement Director - Jane Gibson


The Herald ★★★★

“If anything, the ‘hype’ has been underplayed”
The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“accessible to even the most inexperienced of theatregoers”
The Outlier ★★★★

“packs a surprising final punch”
TV Bomb ★★★★

“We drove up often in the eighties and fell in love with the Citz chutzpah”
Director Declan Donnellan looks forward to returning to the Citizens Theatre with The Winter’s Tale The Herald

With its bravura, its internationalism, its sense of the epic gesture, its loathing of tweeness, I think the Citz was actually the most Scottish theatre
Declan Donnellan in the Sunday Herald

“As invigorating and intoxicating as shot of adrenaline: as exciting as theatre can get!” Luxemburger Wort

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The Winter's Tale production images

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