The Winter's Tale 1h 45 Min6 plus
Based on Shakespeare and German writer Franz Fühmann | Directed by Jürgen Zielinski | Stage version by Winnie Karnofka | Music by Antonio Lucaciu | World Premiere
Kurzinfo: Zwei Könige. Zwei Königreiche. Eine unerschütterliche Freundschaft. Unerschütterlich? Wirklich? Die Hauptsache ist doch: Zitroneneis für alle!
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Once upon a time there were two kings that loved each other like brothers do. The friendship between Leontes, the ruler of the south (where, of course, the lemons bloom), and Polyx, the ruler of the north (where, of course, the snowstorms roar), seemed to be as firm and unbreakable as the difference of their countries.
It so happens that noone is immune to jealousy. Not even kings. Because Leontes believes that his beloved wife Hermione cheated him with his best friend Polyx, his face becomes as cold as the storms in the far north. Unfortunately a whole empire has to bear the consequences if a once sweet-tempered, soft king transforms to a unteachable despot whose heart gets caught by a dark shade.
Leontes banishes his wife into the dungeon, relegates his new born daughter and Polyx can flee in the last second. When Leontes comes to his senses, everything seems to be lost at all and the south falls in deep grief for years. But noone is immune to happy ends, to luck and forgiveness. Not even kings.
Shakespeare’s theatrically romance found its way from stage to the award-winning fairytale of Franz Fühmann (1922-1984). His retelling, by now a classic in many, many children’s rooms, is a imaginative, tragical, poetic and even humorous story about trust in those one love – not just made for christmas time.