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Jeanette Winterson and Emma Freud to host the live cinema screening of The Winter's Tale

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JEANETTE Winterson and Emma Freud will host the live cinema broadcast of The Winter’s Tale on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The Globe’s production of the much-loved late romance will be broadcast live to over 400 cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European territories.

Winterson and Freud will be in the yard of the iconic ‘wooden O’ from 7.15pm and at the interval to welcome cinema audiences to the live screening, discuss the play and the history of the building, and interview some of the creatives behind the production.

In 2015, Winterson published The Gap of Time, a contemporary novelisation or ‘cover version’ of The Winter’s Tale set in London, Paris and the fictional ‘New Bohemia’.

Previously Posted: More2Screen has announced that the Shakespeare’s Globe production of the much-loved late romance, The Winter’s Tale, will be broadcast live to over 400 cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European territories on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre (fresh from directing the hugely acclaimed The Writer at the Almeida), the production will be the second live cinema broadcast from inside the famous ‘wooden O’ in the Globe’s history.

The sweeping plot of The Winter’s Tale takes audiences from the seething, stifled Sicilian court to the joyful chaos of Bohemia. Shakespeare’s great drama of irrational emotions and inexplicable forces reveals how even the greatest cruelties can be redeemed by love, forgiveness, and a little gentle magic…

Blanche McIntyre has previously directed both The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It on the Globe stage. Winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award and Best Director at the TMA UK Theatre Awards in 2013, she is well-known for her productions of The Seagull (Headlong), Accolade (St James’ Theatre) and The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre).

The production stars Will Keen (The Crown, Wolf Hall) as Leontes, Priyanga Burford (W1A, Marcella) as Hermione and Sirine Saba (EastEnders, Exhibition) as Paulina. It is composed by Academy Award-winner Stephen Warbeck.

Michelle Terry, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our wonderful production of The Winter’s Tale to cinemas across the country and around the world. Live broadcasts allow us to share these plays, performed in our unique and iconic theatre, with an even wider audience, reaching people who may not be able to reach us, and bringing Shakespeare’s stories to the big screen in all their vibrancy and immediacy.”

For a full list of participating cinemas, visit

The Winter’s Tale continues at Shakespeare’s Globe until October 14, 2018.

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