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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Winter's Tale (1980, Jane Howell)

TitleThe Winter's Tale
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJane Howell
MediumColor video
Length3 hrs, 5 mins
Audiencecollege and university
general public
Play ConnectionsThe Winter's Tale (interpretation)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


Except for five cuts, one of which is the Dance of the Twelve Satyrs (4.4), the director elected to use the Peter Alexander script unaltered. The stylized, non-representational sets, described below by Donald Hedrick as 'ice cream cones,' were director Jane Howell's initial step toward the expressionistic mise en scène that emerged in her exciting production of the minor tetralogy, which is comprised of the three parts of King Henry VI and King Richard III (see 186, 187, 193 and 513). In abandoning realism for expressionism, she found an idiom for televised Shakespeare that was to prove powerfully attractive, though in this first experiment it lacked the sparkle of her later work

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

LeontesJeremy Kemp
MamilliusJeremy Dimmick
CamilloDavid Burke
AntigonusCyril Luckham
CleomenesJohn Curless
DionColin McCormack
PolixenesRobert Stephens
FlorizelRobin Kermode
ArchidamusJohn Welsh
ShepherdArthur Hewlett
Clown, ServantPeter Benson
ClownPaul Jesson
AutolycusRikki Fulton
Gaoler/ MarinerJohn Benfield
HermioneAnna Calder-Marshall
PerditaDebbie Farrington
PaulinaMargaret Tyzack
EmiliaMerelina Kendall
MopsaMaggie Wells
DorcasJanette Legge
Lord BJohn Bailey
Lord ALeonard Kavanagh
Lord CWilliam Relton
Third GentlemanGeorge Howe
Second LadySusan Broderick
Court OfficialE. Leyshon
ServantCornelius Garrett

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJane Howell
ProducerJonathan Miller
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerDudley Simpson
ChoreographyGeraldine Stephenson
MakeupCherry Alston
CostumesJohn Peacock
LightingSam Barclay
SoundAlan Edmonds
ProductionDon Homfray
Production AssistantVal Sheppard

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell