Lex-Ham Community Theater
Shakespeare Reading Series
The Winter's Tale

Who else but Shakespeare would have stage directions such as "Exit, pursued by a bear"?
Such is the fate of Antigonus, a lord in King Leontes' court in Act III, scene 3.

The Winter's Tale is often discussed in terms of contrasts: winter to spring, death to life, suspicion to acceptance.  The story makes a wonderful tale for winter or any other season.

Some good references for The Winter's Tale are:

The Story
Text of the play

SparkNotes summary of the play
Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale
Essays on The Winter's Tale
Background information
Cambridge University Theatre Group - The Winter's Tale
Shakespeare timeline - 1608

Sources
Robert Green's Pandosto
Shakespeare On-line play sources

Film Versions
The Winter's Tale - BBC 1981

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Last updated: 08/03/02