Described by The Guardian as bringing “fresh life to the classics using intense vivid performances like a laser of light to set the text ablaze”, Cheek By Jowl are no strangers to injecting venerated prose with a dose of their own, fervid energy. This month in Cambridge, you can enjoy their take on The Winter’s Tale, one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, running at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from 31 January to 4 February.
Written during the same period of time as The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale follows none of the same rules, flitting across Europe, between court and country, from low comedy to high tragedy, weaving a narrative that spans 16 years in total. A story of a delusional and paranoid king who’s tearing his family apart, darkness eventually gives way to redemption and joy as the characters proceed towards the shattering conclusion.
Shows take place at 7.45pm on Tuesday to Friday, and at 2.30pm and 8pm on Saturday. Tickets are priced at £18-£33.