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The Winter's Tale Reading List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library curated a list of media to accompany our Public Works production of The Winter's Tale. Get ready for this hybrid film and live theatrical experience with these related books, music, and films.

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The Winter's Tale 
by Shakespeare, William
Book - 2009
The script of The Winter's Tale, for your reading pleasure.


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Shakespeare Songs
by Bostridge, Ian
Music CD - 2016
Seattle Rep's Public Works production of The Winter's Tale is a musical adaptation of this timeless play. Listen to other music inspired by Shakespeare from composers across the centuries, from Haydn & Schubert to Poulenc & Stravinsky.


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Shakespeare: The World as Stage
by Bryson, Bill
Book - 2008
This fun, educational and short biography of the Bard by beloved author Bryson illuminates just how little we actually know about Shakespeare's life and times. A quick and entertaining read for Shakespeare fans and novices alike.


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Exit, Pursued by A Bear
by Johnston, E.K.
Book - 2017
In this bold and thought-provoking modern adaptation of The Winter's Tale, Hermione is a high school cheerleader who is raped and impregnated at cheerleading camp in a tiny Ontario town.


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Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare Romances
By Shakespeare, William 
Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
This audiobook collection of BBC Radio Shakespeare programs includes a recording of The Winter's Tale starring Ronald Pickup as Leontes, with Hannah Gordon as Hermione and John Gielgud as Time. This play was first broadcast in 1982.


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Shakespeare Uncovered
Series 3
The third season of PBS' Shakespeare Uncovered series includes an episode on The Winter's Tale, in which actor Simon Russell Beale discusses the play, its characters and themes.


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That Way Madness Lies: Fifteen of Shakespeare's Most Notable Works Reimagined
Book - 2021
This collection of diverse, nuanced and frequently subversive stories based on the Bard's best known plays and poems includes a beautifully crafted retelling of The Winter's Tale, entitled "Lost Girl," by Melissa Bashardoust.


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William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction
by Wells, Stanley 
Book - 2015
Want to brush up on your Shakespeare before you see The Winter's Tale? This compact guide from acclaimed Shakespearean scholar Wells is an excellent place to start.


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The Winter's Tale
Streaming Video - 2005
Directed by Gregory Doran, this 1999 Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Winter's Tale stars Anthony Sher as Leontes and Alexandra Gilbreath as Hermione.


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The Winter's Tale 
Streaming Video - 1981
Directed by Jane Howell, this 1981 production of The Winter's Tale was part of the BBC Television Shakespeare series, and stars Jeremy Kemp as Leontes and Anna Calder-Marshall as Hermione.


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The winter's tale 
DVD - 2015
This contemporary ballet by English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, with a score by Joby Talbot, is based on the Shakespeare play of the same name and premiered at the Royal Opera House in London in 2014.


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The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold
by Winterson, Jeanette 
Winterson's inventive reimagining of The Winter's Tale takes place in London, 2008, with King Leontes as Leo, a self-absorbed English money manager, and his friend and suspected rival King Polixenes as Xeno, a video-game designer.


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