A Summary -
with Finger Puppets!
Meet the Characters
The Winter's Tale is a Shakespearean romance that highlights themes of jealousy, wrath, and of course, true love.
The story starts with Leontes, the King of Sicilia who falsely believes that his wife is pregnant with his best friend's child and goes into a jealous rage. His intense anger-driven actions set an unexpected course for all involved (continue the journey here).
[Exit, pursued by a bear] is Shakespeare's most famous stage direction. We have no proof of how it was originally staged. Was it an actor in a bear costume? A real bear? No one knows. What we do know after 400 years: bears are timeless.
Special Guest Star: The Bear
Listen to David Tennant's insight on the famous stage direction:
[Exit, pursued by a bear.]
The Tale as Old as Time
Shakespeare usually borrowed his plots from older sources, and The Winter's Tale was no exception. Watch the video to learn more about Shakespeare's inspiration, Pandosto: The Triumph of Time.