Summer Shakespeare

10 Mar 2017 7:30 PM
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Victoria Esplanade
2 Mar 2017 7:30 PM
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Victorian Esplanade
3 Mar 2017 7:00 PM
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Victoria Esplanade
4 Mar 2017 7:30 PM
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Victoria Esplanade
5 Mar 2017 2:00 PM
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Victoria Esplanade
9 Mar 2017 7:30 PM
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Victoria Esplanade

Shakespeare's, The Winter's Tale directed and choreographed by Sara Brodie. Performed at the Palmerston North Esplanade with the Manawatu River as a backdrop. It also features the world’s most famous stage direction, “Exit pursued by a bear”.

Entry by Koha!

Shakespeare’s fantastical The Winter’s Tale is a first for Summer Shakespeare Manawatu. It is known as something of a tragicomic conundrum as the first three acts are intensely psychologically and dramatic, yet, from the pivotal entry of a rampant bear the play veers abruptly into broad comedy.

Consumed by jealousy, the King of Sicilia turns tyrannical wrecking havoc on those he loves most. The oracle of Apollo decrees his throne will be forever without an heir until, “that which is lost be found”. Though slight acts of defiance, kindness and a good dose of luck; a condemned child survives.

Only one voice can move the King (Shakespeare’s most forthright and reasoned female characters) Paulina, who just like those old wives that tell wild tales by the fire on a winter’s night speaks wisdom. After a gap of sixteen years of repentance, that which was lost is found, a queen is brought back from the death and a daughter restored. Whether all is forgiven or not - Shakespeare leaves up to his audience.

Containing something for everyone, this late work penned in 1611, features the world’s most famous stage direction, “Exit pursued by a bear”. It promises to epic in scale involving a cast of 40 including; musicians, fire breathing and live horses. It is directed and choreographed by New Zealand Arts Laureate Sara Brodie, and features original music by Suzi Hawes.

This year the sight is the bridal path on the banks of the mighty Manawatu, down the path from the paddling pool near the Esplanade Cafe. Vendors will be lined up on site for those in need of sustenance. Seating is available, easy wheelchair access and plenty of space for picnickers. The audience meeting point either on site or at the paddling pool for a processional walk down five minutes prior to performance time.

Performances are the 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th March at 7.30pm with a matinee on 5th March at 2.00pm. Entry is by Koha, so there are no excuses not to attend and enjoy the perfect night out of eighty minutes of Shakespeare under the stars.

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