translation Bernard-Marie Koltès
Ed. Les éditions de Minuit
direction and set design Sylvain Levitte
associate director Clara Noël
lightning design Juliette Besançon
costume design Sylvette Dequest
sound design Olivier Renet
company stage manager & lighting Matthieu Marques Duarte or Grégoire Montjoye
sound technician Matthieu Fuentes
set technician Kayla Krog
and a child from Maîtrise des Hauts de Seine
Running time 2 hours
production compagnie LES CHOSES ONT LEURS SECRETS
coproductions Scène Nationale 61 - Alençon, le Conseil Départemental de l’Eure, la Région Normandie et le ministère de la Culture (DRAC Normandie)
support Scène Nationale 61 - Alençon, le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, la Maîtrise des Hauts de Seine, L'Etable-compagnie des Petits champs, Lilas-en-Scène
The Winter's Tale explores the fine line between truth and our perception of the world.
Leontes and Hermione, King and Queen of Sicily, are expecting their second child. But Leontes suspects his best friend Polixenes of being the child’s real father. He calls for Polixenes death – but Polixenes escapes and returns to his own country, Bohemia. Leontes accuses Hermione of treason and has her put in prison where she gives birth. The jealous king calls a trial during which his wife proclaims her innocence and defends her honor. Whilst denying the accusations of her husband, the death of their first child Mamilius is announced. Hermione collapses, is carried away and moments later we hear of her death too. Paulina and Antigonus organize the exile of the newborn, Perdita. The baby is taken by boat to Bohemia, and there rescued by an old shepherd during a terrible storm.
Sixteen years pass and Perdita, now a teenager, falls in love with a young man, Florizel, prince of Bohemia, child of Polixenes, king and former best friend of Leontes. During the sheep shearing festival in early spring, Polixenes discovers the romance between his son and Perdita, whom he thinks is a shepherdess. He orders the end of this relationship but like Romeo and Juliet, the love between Florizel and Perdita is stronger than anything. The two lovers flee to Sicily where they find Leontes. Perdita reunites with her biological father. The two old friends, Leontes and Polxienes, are reconciled. Florizel and Perdita are free to wed.
As this reunion brings tears to everyone’s faces, Paulina unveils the statue of the late Hermione, which suddenly, as if by magic, comes to life.
"Weep I cannot
But my heart bleeds"
Antigonus, Act III, Scene 3
Alencon, January 16 and 17, 2023, National Stage 61, 7:30 p.m. / to book
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, January 24, 2023, Cormier Theater, 8:45 p.m. /to book
Evreux, March 7, 2023, Legendre Theater, TANGRAM, National Stage, 8 p.m. / to book
Marseilles, March 22 to 24, 2023, La Criée, National Theater / to book
Mondeville, March 30, 2023, The Renaissance, 8 p.m. / to book
Hardelot, May 20, 2023, Elisabethain Theater / to book