A Winter's Tale 2018
Music and lyrics by: Howard Goodall
Book: Nick Stimson
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, this musical re-imagining of the play, first produced by Youth Music Theatre UK in 2009, plots the tale of a despotic ruler’s jealousy spiralling dangerously out of control, of its consequences and betrayals but also, ultimately, of love, loyalty and redemption. It is a celebration of young people and how they may repair the damage of the broken world they inherit. It bursts with humour and song and, after some anger and turmoil, basks in the golden sun of a summer shore. It is a huge work, spanning sixteen years across two continents with a varety of musical styles and theatrical genres.
Many of the original cast in 2009 have gone on to train professionally and are working in the theatre and related industries. Gabriel Mokake (centre in picture above right) has just joined the London company of Hamilton.
Howard Goodall is an EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, and a distinguished broadcaster. In recent years he has been England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, the Classical Brit Composer of the Year and was Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence for 6 years.
Nick Stimson is a published poet, freelance playwright and theatre director. He is an associate director of The Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Awards and prizes include Off West End Award (Offie) for Best New Musical of 2013 for A WINTER’S TALE written with Howard Goodall; two major Barclays Awards, The Vivian Ellis Prize and the Medal of Culture of the Polish Congress.
A WINTER’S TALE - CASTING BREAKDOWN
This is an epic tale with a very strong ensemble element which requires all the performers to have a very high level of acting, singing and movement skills.
We need 35 fantastic young performers, equally boys and girls, mostly aged 16 to 21, with strong voices (males mostly light baritones or lyric tenors, girls across the range) and great acting skills for this production: the lead tyrant Leon, his brother Ozan , his wife Ekaterina, the confidante Polina, the lovers Anoush and Luca, the Chief of Police, a hippy girl singer (must be competent acoustic guitar player), the Politburo, soldiers, shepherds, the people of Inguria and Thessaly. Equal (or near equal) numbers of male and female.
All actors play several roles so we are looking for an adaptable company.
All the company should be good movers and able to perform both character-led movement sequences and more conventional dances. We will need six very skilled performers in the chorus to perform a sword dance.
A WINTER'S TALE - INSTRUMENTAL BREAKDOWN
Piano, keys, 2 x violin, 2 x cello, double bass, cornet, guitar, accordion, harp, vibraphone, steel pans and an enormous amount of percussion.
*the dates and London venue to be confirmed soon.