The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale
January 29 - March 27, 2011
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Re-Imagine Once Upon a Time…
Ball gowns meet bluegrass in this fairytale romance that blends two wildly different worlds filled with music and dance: a bone-chilling ballroom where jealousy erupts and an enchanted forest where young passion blooms. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, one royal family's dream turns into a nightmare. Suspecting his queen cheated on him, a jealous king banishes her and their newborn from the court. Years later the child, a free-spirited young woman, falls for a handsome prince among the flowers of Bohemia. Yet as quickly as their love is forbidden, a series of twists lead them both to a magical homecoming like never imagined.

Please note: Audiences are encouraged to come early and take their seats by 10 minutes of curtain to witness The Winter's Tale company enact a pre-show ahead of the action of the play.


Run Time

3 hours including one intermission


The Winter's Tale Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater
created for the 12th Annual Shakespeare Classic
VIDEO: In Conversation with Jonathan Munby

The Winter's Tale is
a must-see!"

"One of the best Shakespeare productions I've ever seen. I'm going to call it: this will likely prove to be one of the best shows of the year."

"A top-notch cast, a striking design"
~ City Pages 

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines and UnitedHealth Group/Ingenix

The Guthrie Theater's production of The Winter's Tale is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.



Ansa Akyea
Christina Baldwin
Raye Birk
Helen Carey
 Jailer/Young Shepherd John Catron
 Camillo Bob Davis
 Cleomenes/Mariner Sean Michael Dooley
   Dion/Bear/Shepherd's Servant Tyson Forbes
 Lady/Mopsa Emily Gunyou Halaas
  Leontes Michael Hayden
 Autolycus Michael Thomas Holmes
 Lord/Florizel Juan Rivera Lebron
 Polixenes Bill McCallum
 Hermione Michelle O'Neill
 Lady/Oracle/Dorcas Suzanne Warmanen
 Guard/Perdita Christine Weber
 Antigonus/Time Stephen Yoakam
 Mamillius Noah Coon
Devon Solwold

Artistic Staff

 Director Jonathan Munby
 Set Designer Alexander Dodge
 Costume Designer
Linda Cho
 Lighting Design
Oliver Fenwick
Philip S. Rosenberg
 Composer Adam Wernick
 Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards
 Choreographer Daniel Pelzig
 Voice and Language Consultant
Andrew Wade
 Dramaturg Carla Steen
 Stage Manager
Chris A. Code
 Assistant Stage Managers Michele Harms
Justin Hossle
 Assistant Director
Andy Ottoson

Photo Gallery

production photos by T. Charles Erickson