February Half-Term at the National Theatre: The Winter’s Tale for young audiences


A new version for young audiences by Justin Audibert

Directed by Ruth Mary Johnson

From 6 – 21 February 2019

Age guidance: 8 – 12 years, £12 (£8 under-18yrs)

Following a sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre in 2018, The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare returns to the National Theatre from 6th – 21st February 2019.  Adapted by Justin Audibert for primary-age children and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, this new version is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences.  

Perdita is a brave, intelligent and much-loved girl, but something is not quite right in her world. Join her on a journey through magic and mayhem as she uncovers her story – the girl who was once lost and then found.

The cast includes Joseph AdelakunEbony FeareTom GilesTerique JarrettChristina ModestouAisha ToussaintWreh-asha Walton and Stanton Wright.

The production is designed by Lucy Sierra with lighting designed by Paul Knott. Music is composed and directed by Jonathan Girling and sound by Mike Winship. Puppetry is designed by Sam Wyer. Movement is by Lucy Cullingford and Maria Clarke.

The Winter’s Tale opens at the National Theatre following a two-week run at Stratford Circus Arts Centre for primary school pupils as part of London Borough of Newham’s Every Child a Theatre Goer programme which provides opportunities for children and young people in Newham to see live theatre productions at local and West End theatres. The Winter’s Tale will also tour to primary schools in Greater London in February and March as part of the National Theatre’s commitment to introducing children and young people to theatre, with the production reaching approximately 9,000 primary aged children.

Family Workshops

Our range of interactive family workshops invite you to explore behind the scenes of the stage production:

Bohemia and beyond: staging Shakespeare family workshop

18 and 19 Feb 11am

Inspired by the National Theatre’s production of The Winter’s Tale, this fun, family workshop will have you on your feet, creating Kings, Queens, lords and ladies and staging epic scenes of love, loss and mistaken identity.

The Winter’s Tale Family Design Workshop

18 and 19 Feb 11am and 2pm

Create a banquet fit for royalty in this family design workshop. From fantastical food to golden goblets, create eye-catching party props inspired by The Winter’s Tale.

A Winter’s Tale (a relaxed workshop for families with additional needs)

Wed 20 February, 11am and 1pm

Explore a world of kings and queens and discover a story of magic, madness and miracles. Take part in games, drama and storytelling activities in this relaxed workshop for the whole family.

NT Learning

NT Learning has a range of programmes to support primary teachers with theatre-making in their schools and inspire young audiences through creative learning opportunities. Let’s Play provides everything that teachers need to create a brilliant school play and On Demand in Schools is a free streaming video service for teachers at Primary and Secondary schools across the UK. To find out more about these opportunities visit NT Learning.

The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Schools Touring is supported by: The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation. 

Tickets available from www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-winters-tale

For more information and press tickets, please contact Rhian Bennett on [email protected] / 020 7452 3235